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“Don’t get flu, get immunised” GPs urge

GPs from around Staffordshire are urging patients in vulnerable groups to get flu-fit as winter approaches.

Flu is unpleasant whoever you are. But for people in certain groups it is especially important to get immunised against flu as the impact can be more serious and lead to complications.

Most adults will get a simple jab. Children get a nasal spray.

Dr Mo Huda, a Staffordshire GP said: “I’ve had the jab because I don’t want to risk getting flu or passing it on to patients. I would rather help keep them healthy than risk making them seriously unwell.”

Those most at risk are all entitled to free immunisation. They include:

  • Anyone aged over 65
  • Anyone with a long-term-condition such as asthma, diabetes, a heart condition or with lowered immunity
  • Children aged 2 and 3 and in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Children with certain health conditions from 6 months upwards
  • Pregnant women
  • Carers so they can’t pass on illness to the people they care for

Dr Huda said: “Immunisation against flu is effective and any side-effects are negligible compared to the impact of flu. It is a must for anyone in the vulnerable groups and the best way to stay protected.”

And he added: “Please remember that flu is caused by a virus and antibiotics are ineffective against it. Prevention is best.”

Dr Huda features in a number of YouTube videos about flu immunisation, each aimed at specific groups.

They include:

Parents with young children who will receive a nasal spray

People aged over 65

People with long-term-conditions

Carers

Parents with children from aged from 6 months who have a long-term-condition

There are also some flu facts with Dr Mo Huda and Dr Shammy Noor

If you are unsure if you should get flu immunisation please check with your GP practice.

More information about flu, including symptoms and treatment tips, can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

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