Ann urges constituents to help stop spread of flu by getting vaccinated

As the Flu season approaches, Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones is urging those in “at risk groups” of flu to get vaccinated.

Seasonal flu, is a highly infectious disease which can spread rapidly. Flu can cause serious illnesses which can only be treated in hospital. It can also have a negative impact on the effectiveness of the NHS when it is dealing with a number of seasonal pressures such as additional illnesses, trips and falls.

Ann said: “Flu can be controlled but it is absolutely vital that we minimise the impact that flu has on public health.

“Anyone who is asked by their GP to go and be vaccinated should do so. It is not only your health you are putting at risk if you do not go to be vaccinated, but other peoples too.

“Vaccines are free for those who need it and can be obtained at your GP’s or at a community pharmacy.”

Those in at risk categories should be notified by their GP and ask them to go to the practice to receive a free vaccination. Patients who do not receive a request by their GP who feel they may need a vaccine, should book an appointment with their GP.

It is recommended that you have a flu jab if you:
• are 65 or over
• have a medical condition – including asthma and diabetes
• live in a residential or nursing home
• are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
• are a healthcare or social care professional directly involved in patient care
• work with poultry