Over 65? Get The Flu Jab And Get Flu Safe

Over 65? Get The Flu Jab And Get Flu Safe

Older people in Cambridgeshire are being urged to get flu safe with a free flu jab to help protect them this winter.

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health, NHS Cambridgeshire and Cambridgeshire County Council said: “If you are over 65, it is vital to get a flu jab, to protect you at the time of year when you are most vulnerable.

“Flu is not like a bad cold. It can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, the flu can result in a stay in hospital, and it can even be a killer.”

People aged 65 or over can get a free flu jab on the NHS at their GP surgery. This will give them the best possible protection against the virus. Those who care for older people are also advised to get vaccinated to protect not only themselves but the person they care for, who may be particularly vulnerable.

Now is the best time to get the jab to get in early and get flu safe in time for the winter.

Dr Robin added: “Flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus. The types of virus in circulation change every year as does the vaccine, so it is important that you have the jab every year, even if you had it last year.

“So help protect yourself and those around you by having a flu jab at your local GP surgery. And remember, the flu jab does not contain live viruses, so it cannot give you the flu.”

Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those aged 65 or over.