It’s not too late to protect yourself from flu says health experts
PHE North West has urged those most at risk of flu to get their
free vaccination after evidence suggests that 'flu activity is
increasing in the area.
Dr Rosemary McCann, Deputy Director for Health Protection, PHE
North West said: "Surveillance has shown that the number of people
catching flu in the North West and elsewhere in the country is
starting to increase.
"Our concern is that key groups such as pregnant women, young
children, those aged over 65 and people with long term health
conditions, who are at much greater risk of becoming seriously
unwell if they catch flu, may not have had their free flu vaccine
"The vaccine really is the best protection against flu and I
would urge all those in these "at risk groups" who have not had the
jab to get it as soon as possible."
Virus surveillance shows the strain A(H1N1)pdm09 is now the main
seasonal flu virus and those viruses characterised so far this
season are well-matched to the vaccine strain.
Previous flu seasons dominated by A(H1N1)pdm09 suggest this
strain particularly affects children, pregnant women, and adults
with long term conditions like chronic heart disease, liver
disease, neurological disease and respiratory disease in
The quick and simple 'flu jab' is the best protection from the
virus and will help to reduce the risk of serious illness,
hospitalisation and even death amongst those most at risk. It is
free because people in at risk groups need it.
Maintaining good cough and hand hygiene, such as covering your
nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing
of the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your hands as soon
you can are important actions that can help prevent the spread of
germs and reduce the risk of transmission.
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