Flu jabs on of­fer

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

Peo­ple aged over 65 years liv­ing across Bath and North East Som­er­set (B&NES) will re­ceive a new type of flu jab this year, thought to be more ef­fec­tive for this age group than other vac­cines avail­able. The new vac­cine is one of three types of flu jabs of­fered to in­di­vid­u­als who are el­i­gi­ble for free vac­ci­na­tion, to make sure as many as pos­si­ble get the right jab to pro­tect them against flu this win­ter. Dr Ian Or­pen, clin­i­cal chair of NHS Bath and North East Som­er­set Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, whose mem­ber­ship in­cludes all GP prac­tices in B&NES said: “Typ­i­cally, older adults’ bodies do not re­spond as well to the flu vac­cine be­cause of their nat­u­rally weak­ened im­mune sys­tems. This new vac­cine works to im­prove the im­mune re­sponse in over 65s, who are also at more risk of se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions if they do catch flu.” As well as adults aged over 65, free flu jabs are also avail­able for adults aged 18-64 with a chronic health con­di­tion, chil­dren aged 2-3 via their GP, chil­dren in years re­cep­tion to 5, preg­nant women, health and so­cial care work­ers, car­ers and the mor­bidly obese.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.