In a bid to encourage local residents to get their jab before the flu season starts, Lynne Featherstone MP last week had hers at the Whittington Hospital.
The local MP, who is asthmatic, belongs to one of the high risk groups, which also includes the over 65s, young children and people with chronic respiratory and cardiac disease.The flu, which affects 10-15% of the UK population annually, usually passes within a week for the majority of people, but if you are in one of the risk groups it can cause serious complications. Anyone in poor health or in a high risk group should contact their GP immediately.
Lynne Featherstone commented:
“As protection only lasts a year, I have the jab each autumn. There’s still time as the flu season has not yet arrived but I really would urge anyone who think they might be at risk to contact their GP as soon as possible.
“For most people the flu means a week in bed, but for more vulnerable people, it can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia or even death. So don’t risk it, call your GP.”