At-risk groups urged 'take up the flu vaccine'

11 October 2012

People over the age of 65 and those in at-risk groups are being encouraged to take up the flu vaccine this autumn.

Dr Ruth Hussey, chief medical officer for Wales, pointed out that flu is a very serious illness that could result in patients being hospitalised in severe cases.

As such, Wales's top doctor has called on people with long-term respiratory diseases, such as asthma and bronchitis, to have the jab. People who suffer from heart, renal or liver disease should also get the vaccine.

Dr Hussey acknowledged: "Flu spreads easily, and can cause serious illness which would need to be treated in hospital. People with the above conditions are at greater risk of having a serious illness if they had flu."

People who are eligible for the jab should contact their GP surgery, head along to their local health clinic or speak with a representative at the NHS for more details.

When it comes to Wales, Dr Hussey added: "For the first time, selected community pharmacies will also be providing the vaccine this year."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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