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Flu season set to begin – older people and carers urged to get crucial vaccination

Fight flu this winterOlder people and carers, who are more at-risk of catching flu and suffering complications, are urged to get their vaccination early to prevent illness.

Nilima Rahman-Lais, Deputy Head of Medicines at Solihull CCG said: “About this time each year, the flu virus begins to circulate widely in the community so it’s important that vulnerable people are protected as soon as possible.

“Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people, but it can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups. Every winter the NHS strongly encourages carers and people aged 65 and over to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination at their GP practice so that they are protected against the changing strains of the virus that circulate each year.”

Both formal and informal carers do a fantastic job of looking after others within the community and it is important that they are protected against flu so that they can continue in their caring role.

Carers and people aged 65 and over are entitled to a free flu vaccination every year and should visit their GP practice to get it from September, which is considered the start of the ‘flu season’.

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