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Protect yourself and others from flu

Published on Monday, 24th October 2016 in Health and wellbeing news

Local residents who are eligible for a free flu vaccination are being urged to get their jab as soon as possible.

Those who can receive a free jab include people over 65, adults with health conditions (for example heart disease, diabetes, asthma or other respiratory conditions), pregnant women and carers.

The vaccination is available either at GP surgeries or through participating pharmacists.

Cllr David Roche, Rotherham Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "With winter just around the corner, if you are eligible for the vaccine don't delay getting the jab. For most people, flu is unpleasant, but for some – particularly elderly people, people with health conditions, or young children, it can lead to chest infections, severe health complications or even death. Vaccination is not just about keeping yourself safe, it's about protecting your family, friends and colleagues too."

This year around 400,000 children across the region will also be offered protection, through a nasal spray thus helping to reduce the spread of infection. All children and young people from the age of two up to eighteen are eligible if they are in one of the at risk groups and healthy children two to seven years. If a child cannot receive the nasal vaccine for medical reasons and are in one of the at risk groups, they will be offered an injectable vaccine.

Terri Roche, Rotherham Council's Director of Public Health, added: "Often people can be worried about whether the vaccine is safe or whether it can cause flu, but please be reassured the flu jab can't give you flu. This is because the vaccine doesn't contain live viruses. A very small number of people experience side effects such as aching muscles, but this is simply the immune system responding to the vaccine. Also remember that the flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe."

The vaccine is given to millions of people in the UK each year. More information about the vaccine is available on the NHS Choices website.

There will also be more advice on flu and how people can look after their health when the NHS 'Stay Well This Winter' roadshow will be at the AESseal New York Stadium on 5 November, for the Miller's next home game against Preston.

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