24th Oct, 2016

Local residents are being urged to receive the flu vaccination ahead of the winter months

Aisling Kiely 3rd Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THE SUMMER months have drawn to an end and residents are being urged to have their free flu vaccination ahead of the winter months.

Flu can be deadly to certain residents – especially to people over 65, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions – and are being advised to visit their local GP for the vaccination.

Children aged between two and seven are also eligible for the vaccination which is being offered at schools across the borough.

As the virus which causes flu can change from time to time, residents should be vaccinated at least once a year.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Coun Karen Grinsell said: “A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold.

“It cannot be treated by antibiotics and if you get complications, you could become seriously ill and end up in hospital.

“That’s why we’re urging anyone eligible for a free jab to book their appointment as soon as possible and stay well this winter.”

Vaccinations are available through GPs or pharmacies.

For more information about the vaccination, visit: www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth