Warrington vs flu: Hit the target straight on, get a jab not flu this winter

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(L - R) Paula Worthington, interim assistant director of early help, Lorraine Goude, interim operational director of adult services, Steve Peddie, executive director of families and wellbeing and Muna Abdel Aziz, director of public health getting their flu jabs done at Superdrug Pharmacy in the Cockhedge Centre.
Published: Friday, 12th January 2018

Warrington residents are being reminded to be a #flufighter this winter by making sure they have had their flu jab.

For most people, flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week without the need to see your GP.

However, flu can be more severe for certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these at-risk groups are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year.

You are also eligible for a free flu vaccine if you receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.

Dr Sangeetha Steevart, local GP said: “The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups. It’s important to remember that the vaccine is not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after having had the vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.”

Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, executive board member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Flu can be a very nasty illness and we want to protect our communities as much as we can, particularly our more vulnerable residents, so it’s vital that we continue to take steps to avoid the spread of flu.

“There’s still time to protect yourself and we are advising everybody who is eligible for the flu vaccine to go to their local pharmacist or GP practice to get it done – it’s really not worth putting yourself and your family at risk.”

People in these at-risk groups – people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease) and children and adults with weakened immune systems – are eligible for the free flu vaccine.

All children aged 2, 3 and 4 should get the nasal spray vaccine from their GP if they have not already been vaccinated.

For people not in the high-risk categories, you can buy your flu jab from local pharmacies for as little as £5. Please check with your local pharmacist for more information.