People at risk of seasonal flu in Lichfield and Burntwood are being encouraged to get their annual jab.
This year, for the first time, all pregnant women will be offered the seasonal flu vaccination by South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust in order to protect them against the H1N1 virus, better know as Swine Flu.
Everyone aged 65 and over is routinely offered an annual flu jab by their GP, as are younger people with long-term conditions such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, liver disease, kidney disease, neurological disease, diabetics, and those who have poor immune systems. The vaccine is also offered to those who work with poultry.
GPs have already started vaccinating their patients.
Dr Suzanne Jones said:
“This year, the Swine Fu virus will be one of the most common types of flu going around, and it is important to remind people to get their flu jab. People should not underestimate the effects of seasonal flu. It is not the same as getting a cold. It can seriously affect your health and the risks of developing complications are greater if you have certain pre existing medical conditions.
“If you are in any of the identified at risk group I recommend, especially at this time of the year, that you visit your local GP and get the vaccination as soon as possible. This is the best form of protection for you and others.”