Don’t miss out on free flu jabs

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WITH only a month to go until the beginning of the annual flu vaccination campaign, the region’s NHS is reminding all at-risk patients and carers that they must make sure to get their flu jab in October.

GPs are writing o all eligible patients and carers across the North East to invite them for their annual flu jab.

People who need the flu jab include pregnant women, anyone aged over 65, anyone living in a residential or nursing home, or anyone over six months with a long-term health problem such as diabetes, chest or heart problems, kidney or liver disease, a neurological condition, a problem with the spleen, stroke sufferers or anyone with a lowered immune system.

Anyone living with someone with a lowered immune system may also be eligible for a free vaccination, as there is an added risk of passing the virus on to someone who is more vulnerable.

Dr Tricia Cresswell, deputy medical director at NHS North East, said: “If you think you are eligible for a jab and haven’t heard from your GP by mid-September then the best thing to do is contact your GP practice, check whether you need the jab and ask about making an appointment.”

Vaccines will be arriving at GP surgeries towards the end of September.