Don’t forget your flu jab, warns AM

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones recently met with community pharmacists in The National Assembly for Wales and took the opportunity to have her flu jab.

Ann Jones is joining forces with Welsh Labour’s Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM to remind people in at risk groups to do the same. People eligible for the vaccine are:

o over 65 and people in long term care
o people with long term respiratory disease such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
o people with long term heart, renal or liver disease
o people with neurological disease such as Parkinson’s disease
o people with diabetes
o people who have a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
o health professionals and paid or unpaid carers of people with the above health conditions
o pregnant women
o Members of recognised voluntary organisations who provide planned emergency first aid at public events

Ann Jones said:

“People know the vaccine is available for the over 65s, but many people living with other health conditions aren’t always aware they can get vaccinated as well.

“Flu can spread easily, and cause serious illness which could require hospital treatment. So it is really important people who are in at-risk groups get vaccinated.”

If you are eligible for the vaccine, talk to your GP surgery, local health clinic or you can check on NHS Direct Wales if a community pharmacy local to you offers it.

People eligible for the vaccination are at greater risk of having a serious illness if they had flu, so it is vital that they get the flu jab.