Enhanced flu jab to save ‘hundreds of lives’

Enhanced flu jab to save ‘hundreds of lives’

Enhanced flu jab to save ‘hundreds of lives’

The flu vaccine does not contain any live viruses and can not cause flu, though some people may experience a slight temperature and aching muscles afterwards. A senior doctor said that flu vaccines were made with the best available information but "sometimes the viruses outwit us".

Across the North West, hundreds of thousands of people aged over 65 are set to benefit from the improved vaccine, with 74.6% (972,761) of people in this age group taking up the offer of flu vaccine in the region last flu season. The vaccine is free, safe and painless. "Help Us Help You" is based on the concept of reciprocity, encouraging people to take appropriate actions (be that getting the flu vaccination or accessing the appropriate service) to better enable the NHS to help them.

It protects against a total of four strains of flu - two strains of flu A and two strains of flu B.

"The vaccine is free for eligible groups, fast and painless".

"We encourage everybody to come get a flu shot", Mosteller said. Flu can knock you off your feet and make it hard to look after children or go to work. “We experienced the longest season, the highest level of hospitalizations and the highest number of flu-related deaths in at least a decade.”. Older adults are also more likely to suffer complications from flu. Getting the vaccine if you are eligible and practising good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent yourself from getting flu. "For whatever reason, some people don't choose to believe the science".

People should speak to their GP practice about how to access the vaccine there.

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Flu shots are available at local pharmacies and at PHD in Hayden, 8500 N. Atlas Road.

The vaccine will also be offered to the over-65s in Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the over-75s in Scotland. Young children are vaccinated via a nasal spray - everyone else receives a quick injection.

Vaccinating children has a double benefit: as well as protecting them from flu, it also protects others, such as grandparents and siblings, as children are much more likely to infect others.

Expectant mums should have the vaccine whatever stage of pregnancy they are in.

"You can receive your flu shot at nearly any pharmacy now, but it is important to ask what vaccine they carry", said Kristina Meyer, PHD nurse manager. By introducing an enhanced flu vaccine for this age group they will be better protected as well as helping to reduce the spread of flu to those around them. Your GP or midwife will advise you.

Last year's influenza outbreak shows how unsafe it can be when people do not get vaccinated, said Philip Huang, medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health.

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