Patients over the age of 65 in the Boston area are being reminded about the importance of getting a free flu jab.
The NHS says flu vaccination is the best possible protection against the flu virus during the autumn and winter months, when you’re more likely to suffer complications if you contract flu.
Even if you’ve had the vaccination before it’s important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes too.
According to Public Health England, during winter 2013-14, more than 900 people nationwide were admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and 10 percent of those died as a result of the flu virus.
Dr Stephen Baird, GP at Hawthorn Medical Practice, and vice chairman of Skegness and Coast Locality, NHS Lincolnshire East CCG said:“Flu is a really unpleasant illness, particularly for those over 65. You are more likely to become seriously ill and have complications like pneumonia or make an existing condition worse if you catch it.
“This may result in an unwanted hospital stay and can even be fatal. I urge anyone who is offered a free flu vaccination to visit their GP or pharmacy now. It’s quick, safe and free if you’re over 65.”
l For more details visit www.nhs.uk/staywell