Are you at risk of flu? Health chiefs urge you to get jab
HEALTH chiefs are urging people to get a jab to avoid a potential killer.
Last winter flu claimed the lives of more than 600 people in England and Wales.
People in certain at-risk groups can be as much as 10 times more likely to die of flu than the general population.
For most of us, flu — a respiratory illness that spreads easily – is annoying but uneventful. For others it can be far more serious.
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Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board's director of public health Sara Hayes said: "For some people, particularly the elderly, pregnant women and those with existing medical conditions, flu can cause serious illness and be life-threatening."
ABMU said it was important that people in the following categories should ask their GP for the flu jab immediately: aged 65 and over; aged six months or older with a long term health condition such as: respiratory, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease, diabetes; pregnant women — any trimester or stage of pregnancy; immunosuppressed or living with someone who is; carers; and, those living in a residential care home or other long-stay care facilities.
Dr Hayes said: "I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for people in the above groups to go to their GP and have their flu jab.
"The flu vaccination is highly effective and has very few adverse side effects.
"The most effective way of controlling flu is by as many people as possible being immunised against it."
An ABMU spokeswoman added: "Evidence shows that countries with a high number of people having vaccinations have low rates of vaccine preventable disease."