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Over 65s reminded to get their flu jab

Numbers inoculated locally lower than in previous years

Potterells Medical Centre, Station Road, North Mymms. Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Potterells Medical Centre is inviting local residents who are entitled to the flu jab to make an appointment. The practice manager says the number of people inoculated locally this year has not reached previous levels.

Anyone who is eligible and has not yet had the jab should call Potterells on 01707 273338 to book a visit. The practice has 300 treatments in stock.

Potterells say that if you can't make an appointment before Christmas you should try to book for early January.

According to the NHS, the flu vaccine is available every year to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems.
The NHS says anyone in the risk groups above is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, so it's recommended that they have the flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Those most at risk include people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

The NHS says the injection will not stop all flu viruses, and the level of protection may vary, so it’s not a 100% guarantee, but if people get flu after a vaccination it’s likely to be milder version and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.

New flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people are advised to have the flu jab on a regular basis.

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are rare, but people might experience symptoms such as a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards, and a sore arm where the injection took place.

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