Flu jabs on offer
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.