‘At risk’ groups urged to have flu jab now

Peak season  for potentially fatal illness is approaching.

With the flu season fast approaching, people at risk in Birmingham have been urged to think ahead and get their flu jabs now.

Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be a really serious illness for some.

Those at greater risk from flu include:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • pregnant women
  • those with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes.

GPs across the city are currently contacting those most at risk, offering appointments for free flu vaccinations and this year, for the first time, a free nasal vaccination will also be offered to parents of healthy two and three-year-olds so that their children can be protected from the flu.

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: “Flu is not like a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people. In the most severe cases, seasonal flu might land you in hospital – it can even be a killer. So the simple message for anyone at risk in Birmingham is get your flu jab now.

“If you’re in any of the ’at risk’ groups, the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.”

Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, added: “The best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from September to early November, so it’s good to get in early and get flu safe in time for the winter.  Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the virus.”