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Don't give flu a chance this winter - get vaccinated

Are you one of the people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who needs to make sure they're not giving flu a chance this winter?

As autumn hits, GP surgeries and pharmacies are getting ready to make sure people are vaccinated against flu. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the organisations responsible for the planning and buying of health services, want to make sure those most at risk, are protected.

Healthy people usually recover within two to seven days. But, there are certain groups for whom flu can have much more serious complications. This is why the NHS gives free flu vaccinations to:

  • all children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) 
  • pregnant women 
  • those aged 65 years and over 
  • people with long-term health conditions.

Dr Shammy Noor, GP in Lichfield and chair of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG: Flu is an unpredictable, highly infectious disease which can produce fever, chills, aches and pains, muscle aches and in very bad cases especially in certain individuals it can be fatal.

Stoke GP and clinical chair of Stoke-on-Trent CCG, Dr Lorna Clarson, said: Having flu is much worse than having a heavy cold and it can be fatal, particularly to the more vulnerable members of society such as older people and people who have long-term conditions.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, GP in Stafford and chair of Stafford and Surrounds CCG, said: Vaccination is the best defense against the virus that causes flu infections. 

The virus changes every year, so the vaccine needs to be given each year.

People in these groups will be contacted by their GP surgery and will be invited to go for a vaccine, you can also get vaccinated at local pharmacies who are offering the NHS vaccination service.

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