Have you had your flu vaccine?

It’s not too late to have the flu vaccine. That’s the message from your local NHS.

Anybody eligible for the free vaccine is being urged to have it to protect themselves and those around them this winter.

People over the age of 65 and those with a range of long-term conditions, including asthma, liver and heart disease, can have the vaccine free of charge. Pregnant mums, children aged two and three and in school years 1-5 are also eligible.

Carers too can benefit from the free vaccine, to support them and the person they care for.

Dr Peter Bibawy, Clinical Chair of NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re now in flu season and have already seen a number of people falling ill, so if you haven’t had the vaccine then now is the time to do it.

“There are many groups that are considered at risk because their age or an existing medical condition makes them more susceptible to the flu virus, and these are the groups that are offered the vaccine free of charge.

“Flu can be a real danger to the more vulnerable members of our communities, so it’s really worth getting yourself protected.”

Regular handwashing with soap and water also helps to protect against a range of winter infections, including flu, common colds and norovirus.

For more information on who is eligible for the free flu vaccine, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Anybody not eligible for the free vaccine can have the jab at their local pharmacy for a fee.

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