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Warrington doctor urges people to sign up for flu jabs
3:40pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
PENSIONERS and those in ‘at-risk groups’ are being urged to arrange for a flu jab.
Immunisation is free through their GP for those especially at risk including a new type of nasal spray for two and three-year-old children.
Dr Rita Robertson, Warrington’s director of public health, said: “For most people, flu means a very unpleasant week, disrupting their work and social life and making it much harder to deal with daily life.
“That’s bad enough, but older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with underlying diseases are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.
“There can be serious complications like pneumonia and bronchitis which need hospital treatment and in the most severe cases people can die.”
The flu vaccine is being offered free to everyone aged 65 or over, and to everyone with long-term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
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