Spread The Word - Not The Flu, This Winter

It can be all too easy to put off having the flu vaccination due to other commitments. However, flu is a nasty illness that can leave its sufferers out of action for some time and can even cause death.

Flu is caused by a virus that infects the windpipe and lungs. As it is a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it. Flu is passed from person to person by droplets when someone with the infection sneezes or coughs. You can also catch it by touching a surface where the virus has been deposited.

The best way of avoiding flu is by having the vaccination, but it helps to practise good hygiene such as covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using disposable tissues and disposing of them  and regularly washing your hands. 

Each year the NHS offers a flu vaccination free to those at particular risk to help protect  from flu and its complications. If you do not fall into one of the eligible categories, you can still get a flu vaccination for a small fee at most pharmacies in Suffolk. 

This year the following are eligible for a free flu vaccination; 

  • all those aged between two and three on 31 August 2018 all children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5;

  • people aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups;

  • all pregnant women (including those who become pregnant during Influenza season);

  • people aged 65 years and over (including those 65 years by 31 March 2019);

  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities;

  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

For more information about how to take advantage of the free vaccination, or to find out more about winter flu, visit www.healthysuffolk.org.uk

We understand there are many factors involved in why people choose whether or not to have the flu vaccine. As part of the campaign, OneLife Suffolk are keen to hear from you about why you may or may not have chosen to have the vaccine in the past, please visit www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk/flu2018 for more information.

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