Get your free flu vac­cine

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SEFTON res­i­dents el­i­gi­ble for the flu jab are be­ing urged to make sure they get pro­tected.

Free flu vac­ci­na­tions are avail­able to all preg­nant women, all chil­dren aged two to four, chil­dren in Years 1-3 at school, res­i­dents of all ages with a long term health con­di­tion and every­one aged 65 and over.

Most can get vac­ci­nated at their lo­cal GP prac­tice and par­ents with chil­dren in Years 1-3 will be asked for per­mis­sion for them to re­ceive the nasal spray vac­ci­na­tion at school.

While most peo­ple can re­cover from flu in about a week, each win­ter, tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in Eng­land end up in hospi­tal be­cause of flu with hun­dreds dy­ing from a com­pli­ca­tion of sea­sonal flu.

Cllr Ian Mon­cur, Sefton Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing, said: “It is vi­tal to spread this re­ally im­por­tant pub­lic health mes­sage to pro­tect Sefton res­i­dents who are at greater risk of se­ri­ous ef­fects from flu.

“We want to make sure that every­one who is el­i­gi­ble for a free flu vac­cine knows how to get it to make sure they are vac­ci­nated through­out the win­ter months.”

Scott Briscoe out­side Liver­pool Crown Court

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