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It's not too late to get the flu vaccine

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council are letting local people know that it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine.

Stay Well This Winter Campaign’ which is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England to help the public.  Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That’s why it is important to look after yourself especially during the winter months.  If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious.  Flu is highly infectious illness which causes fever, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles with extreme tiredness. For most people it is an unpleasant and self-limiting illness. But for some groups of people it can develop into a far more serious illness leading to a hospital admission and for some people even death.

Flu can spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.  To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible
  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap

The following groups of people are recommended to receive a free influenza vaccine:

  • Over the age of 65
  • Aged two, three and four. Children aged two and three will be given the vaccination at their general practice. Children who are four years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were three on 31 August, 2017. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
  • In primary school Reception to Year 4 class (delivered by Intrahealth)
  • Pregnant women (speak to your midwife or GP or pharmacist)
  • Resident in long-stay residential homes or other long-stay care
  • Anyone with a long-term health conditions such heart, lung, kidney, neurological disease
  • The main carer for an older or disabled person
  • Immunosuppressed or a household contact of an immunocompromised person
  • BMI of 40 or more if you were vaccinated last year, you still need to get another this year.

People who aren't eligible for a flu jab on the NHS can pay for a flu vaccination.

GPs in Tameside and Glossop still have their flu clinics running; or eligible adults can choose to go to a participating pharmacist instead. Make sure you get in touch with your doctor or local chemist to book your appointment. Don’t delay, seek advice today!

Dr Alan Dow, local GP and chair of the CCG said: “Ideally we want people vaccinated as soon as possible in the flu season and vaccines usually arrive towards the end of September/beginning of October however it is still not too late, this year, as we are still in peak flu season.

"Flu can be a very serious health condition.  It’s highly infectious and causes fever, headaches, aches and pains as well as extreme tiredness.

"People can also help stop the spread of flu by using tissues to trap germs, bin used tissues as quickly as possible and wash your hands.

"Make contact with your GP or local chemist today and help us stop the spread of flu.”

For further information visit: http://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/your-health/flu including a list of local pharmacies here: http://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/local-services/pharmacists.

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