Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Don't forget your flu jab

As winter approaches residents of Cumbria have been urged by the local NHS to get their flu vaccination and take steps to keep themselves well over the winter months and help protect themselves, their family and friends from the virus.

Patients in higher risk groups who are eligible to receive a free flu jab from their GP include:

  • everyone aged over 65 
  • women who are pregnant 
  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups including patients who suffer from a chronic illness, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney disease, hepatitis, Parkinsons, HIV and diabetes 
  • children aged 2 or 3 years old (on 31 August of current flu season),
  • all primary school-aged children and children with a health condition that puts them at a greater risk of flu 
  • those in long-stay residential care homes 
  • carers

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