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Commit to being a ‘flu fighter’ this winter

Over 100 staff at the three NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have committed to being ‘flu fighters’ this winter by having their free flu jab.

Members of the public are also being encouraged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination before winter sets in. Those who are considered to be in ‘at risk’ groups such as young children, pregnant women, older people and those with long term conditions should have received a reminder from their GP practice to attend a flu vaccination clinic. People in these groups are more likely to experience complications if they get the flu than others.

You can have their flu vaccination at their GP practice. Some local pharmacies also offer the service. The flu vaccine can help prevent people getting the flu, and if you do get the flu it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived. By getting the flu vaccination, you can also help protect others around you, so it’s also important to get the vaccination if you care for another person or work in health and care.

(PRNo.74) Commit to being a flu fighter this winter

Caption: Vicki Wallace, deputy director, accountable care Bradford getting her flu vaccination

Dr Andy Withers, GP and clinical chair, NHS Bradford Districts CCG said: “It’s great that so many of our staff have had their vaccine this year. If most people get their flu jab this winter, it’ll help protect people across our district from what can be a very unpleasant illness.

“Flu can take people out of action for a number of weeks, it’s very infectious and easily spreads to other people. It’s spread by germs from coughs and sneezes. As well as getting the flu jab you can reduce the risk of spreading flu by washing your hands often, using tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze and staying away from others, for at least the first five days of illness when flu is at its most contagious.

“You don’t normally need to see your GP about flu. But if you are worried about your flu symptoms, you can get advice from NHS 111.”

For more advice about flu and the flu vaccination, visit www.nhs.uk

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