Mayor urges people to get flu jab

Checks on health

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson is backing a campaign to encourage people to get their flu jabs this season.

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging people aged 65 and over, adults and children with long term health conditions and pregnant women to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination via their GP.

For the first time, a nasal spray vaccine is being offered to healthy two and three year old children. This marks the first step in an extension to the national flu vaccination programme, which will eventually include yearly vaccination of all 2-17 year olds.

Mayor Joe Anderson receives his jab from Dr Nadim Fazlani, Chair of Liverpool CCG and Liverpool's director of public health, Dr Paula GreyDr Paula Grey, Director of Public Health for Liverpool City Council, said: “Getting the flu can be extremely serious for some of the more vulnerable members of our communities, such as older people, pregnant women and people with a long-term health condition such as severe asthma, a chest or heart complaint, or diabetes.

“People with health conditions are used to managing their health and taking precautions, however many do not understand the risk flu poses to them. Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks, but getting flu when you already have a health condition can lead to serious complications and it can even be a killer.

“I would strongly urge everyone who is eligible to make sure they get their free flu jab, as it’s one of the best ways of protecting themselves and staying healthy over the cold, winter months.”

Mayor Anderson said: “Flu is a nasty illness for anyone to get, but for some people it can be a killer. I got my flu jab because I want to stay fit and well, and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to get a free flu jab to do the same. Just ring your GP to make an appointment”.

For the first time, a nasal spray vaccine is being offered to healthy two and three year old children. This marks the first step in an extension to the national flu vaccination programme, which will eventually include yearly vaccination of all 2-17 year olds.

Liverpool GP Dr Nadim Fazlani, Chair of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you’re in one of the groups known to be most at risk from flu – or you’re the parent of a healthy two or three year old – now’s the time to take action. The flu vaccination is the best way to protect both yourself and others against what for some can be a really serious illness.”

Flu can strike any time from early November, so it’s best to get vaccinated now to ensure you’re protected.

To arrange to get your flu vaccination, simply contact your local GP surgery. Once vaccinated, you will be protected throughout the winter period.

For further information and advice on flu, please visit: www.nhs.co.uk/flu

Picture: Mayor Anderson receives his flu jab from Dr Nadim Fazlani, watched by Director of Public Health, Dr Paula Grey.