Flu is “nothing to be sneezed at”

Advice from local GPs

woman sneezing into tissue

As colder weather approaches health leaders in Hull and the East Riding are urging eligible patients to protect themselves and their families by having their seasonal flu vaccination.

Seasonal flu can be very unpleasant for a healthy person, but it can be potentially life threatening for young children or anyone with a weakened immune system.

Flu is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition like COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease. Flu on top of health problems like these can easily develop into something very serious that could land you in hospital.

The flu vaccination is the best method we have to protect people from this unpredictable and potentially deadly virus.

This year GPs from Hull and the East Riding will feature in several short films, explaining winter health messages and urging local people to take care throughout the cold months ahead.

In the first video, available now on Youtube, Dr Dan Roper explains who should get the flu vaccination and why it’s essential. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Rn5IC-pc_aE

Dr Dan Roper, chair of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Flu isn’t the same as a cold or winter virus. It can be very serious and lead to all kinds of complications. In fact, flu is still one of the biggest causes of death during pregnancy.

“The vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. Children aged 2 and 3 can have the quick, painless nasal spray and for older people the vaccination is just a small jab.

“If you’re over 65, have an existing medical condition, are living in a nursing home or if you care for an older or disabled person, then you may also be eligible for the vaccine. Talk to your GP, pharmacist or midwife to book your free shot.

All of the following groups are eligible for a free vaccination. Simply speak with your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist:

• everyone aged 65 and over
• everyone under 65 years of age who has a long term medical condition (such as Asthma, COPD, etc), including children and babies over six months of age
• all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
• all two and three year-old children
• everyone living in a residential or nursing home
• everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
• household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
• all frontline health and social care workers

To find out more about flu vaccinations or winter health advice in Hull visit: www.staywellthiswinter.co.uk.