People over the age of 65 in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.
The free vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of the flu. These include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and children aged 2-9.
For older people, it is estimated that getting the vaccine could reduce GP consultations by 30,000, hospitalisations by over 2,000 and prevent over 700 hospital deaths from flu in England.
Those who are eligible for a free flu vaccine are being urged to take up the offer from their GP or local pharmacy before the end of November.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing Alan White said:
“The flu vaccine is free for certain people because they are at an increased risk from the effects of the virus. This includes people aged 65 or over. Getting the flu at any age is not a pleasant experience, but it can be a lot more serious for older people who may suffer more if they contract the virus.
“This year a more effective vaccine is being given to those aged 65 and over, which is proven to give better protection against flu for people of this age. So, if you’re eligible, get your flu vaccination from your general practice or pharmacy to protect yourself this winter before the end of November.”
For more information on the free vaccine, speak to your local school or GP, or visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information.