Free flu jabs in Greenwich for 'at risk' groups like older people and pregnant women (From News Shopper)
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Free flu jabs in Greenwich for 'at risk' groups like older people and pregnant women
10:59am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
PREGNANT women, asthma-suffers and older people in Greenwich are among those being urged to get a flu jab this Autumn.
The vaccine is free for those at greater risk from flu which includes people aged over 65, and those suffering from conditions such as diabetes, chest or heart complaints.
Greenwich Council has teamed with NHS and pharmacies to spread awareness of the potentially “serious illness” for at-risk residents as well as carers and front-line health and social care staff.
Greenwich Council cabinet member for health, adults and older people Councillor John Fahy said: “Flu is not like a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people. The flu jab is an important way to protect yourself.”
Residents who had flu jabs last year are advised to have a new one to fight changes in flu strains.
Flu jabs are available at local GPs or participating pharmacies and pregnant women can be vaccinated by midwives at Woolwich’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital during 12 week or 20 week antenatal checks.
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