Now’s the time to get your flu jab warns lo­cal MP

The Wokingham Paper - - HEALTH -

AWOKINGHAM bor­ough MP is urg­ing res­i­dents to make sure all those who are el­i­gi­ble sign up for their free win­ter flu vac­cine.

Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Brack­nell, whose con­stituency cov­ers Fin­champ­stead and Crowthorne, re­ceived his flu vac­ci­na­tion last month and is now en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to fol­low suit.

Those el­i­gi­ble for the free NHS vac­cine are those:

Aged 65 or over by 31 March 2018

Aged from 6 months to 65 years with a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion

Women who are preg­nant

Chil­dren aged two to nine on 31 Au­gust 2016

Liv­ing in long-stay res­i­den­tial care homes or other long-stay care fa­cil­i­ties

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.

In ad­di­tion, the

Gov­ern­ment is mak­ing the vac­cine avail­able free to all NHS staff, and NHS Eng­land is of­fer­ing it free to more than one mil­lion care-home work­ers.

Dr Lee said, “There has been a se­ri­ous out­break of flu in Aus­tralia this year and we want as many peo­ple to be as pro­tected as pos­si­ble. The best way to avoid catch­ing and spread­ing flu is by hav­ing the vac­ci­na­tion be­fore the flu sea­son starts.”

The most com­mon symp­toms of flu are fever, chills, headache, ex­treme tired­ness and aches and pains in the joints and mus­cles.

Healthy in­di­vid­u­als usu­ally re­cover within a week, but for some the dis­ease can be more se­ri­ous.

“If you do get the flu,” Dr Lee added, “Make sure you rest, drink plenty of flu­ids and eat healthily.

“Also, tak­ing over-the­counter painkillers, such as parac­eta­mol or ibupro­fen to re­duce any fever or dis­com­fort, can also help.

“How­ever, please re­mem­ber that Flu is caused by viruses and not bac­te­ria. There­fore, an­tibi­otics will not help to treat it.”

Dr Phillip Lee, MP for Brack­nell, has had a flu jab and now wants oth­ers to get the same pro­tec­tion

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