Doc urges over-65s to have flu vaccine
WALES'S top doctor is urging people aged over 65 and those in at-risk groups to take up the flu jab.
Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, says it's vital people have the vaccine as flu is such a serious illness it can lead some patients to be hospitalised.
Those with long term respiratory disease, including severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis, or long-term heart, renal or liver disease, are among those being advised to have the jab.
Dr Hussey said: "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. That's why we encourage people in these groups to get the vaccine.
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"If you are eligible for the vaccine, talk to your GP surgery, local health clinic or you can talk to NHS Direct Wales.
"For the first time, selected community pharmacies will also be providing the vaccine this year."