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Get vaccinated to keep flu cases down

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Health chiefs in South Yorkshire are encouraging residents to make sure they are vaccinated against flu to keep cases low during the rest of winter.

The flu jab is offered free of charge to individuals who have a higher risk of developing complications if they develop the illness, such as people aged over 65, pregnant women and patients with long-term health problems.

Fiona Jorden, vaccination and immunisation lead for NHS England South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw said: “Just because the end of winter is in sight that doesn’t mean the threat of flu is over.

“Flu is still circulating in January and February so if you have received a letter from your GP inviting you to have a free flu jab, and you still haven’t been vaccinated, we would encourage you to go to your GP and get protected.”

She added: “The flu can be really nasty and by simply having the jab people will be giving themselves the best chance possible of avoiding it.

“By being vaccinated you will not only be protecting yourself, you will help to prevent the spread of flu among your family, friends and the community as a whole.”

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible for an injection should speak to their GP.

 

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