Date Published: 04 December 2018
Rutland County Council is reminding residents that it is still not too late to protect against flu by getting the winter flu vaccination.
Flu is a mild illness in most people but can cause severe illness and life-threatening health complications among vulnerable groups, including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and these people are advised to have a flu vaccine each year.
Health professionals and social care workers are also encouraging to get the flu jab because they come into contact with vulnerable people on a daily basis. As a result, the Council has provided vouchers for free flu vaccinations to all its staff – helping to protect service users from the spread of flu.
“The flu vaccine is available free of charge on the NHS for people who are at greatest risk of falling ill. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications. You should get the flu vaccine if you’re aged 65 or over, have a pre-existing medical condition or are being supported in a residential care home. Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine – something which the Council has extended to all its staff to help protect vulnerable residents and service users.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care & Health
To reduce the risk of spreading flu, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with warm water and soap, and bin used tissues as quickly as possible.
Your GP, pharmacy or midwife can provide more information about the flu vaccination. Alternatively, visit the NHS Stay Well website.