Lichfield’s MP is encouraging local residents to make sure they get their flu jab this winter.
The free seasonal flu vaccinations are offered to at risk groups, including those aged 65 or over, people with chronic respiratory disease, heart, renal, liver or neurological disease, diabetics, people with low immune systems and those living in long-stay facilities such as nursing and residential homes.
Last week, MPs and Peers were invited to attend a flu vaccine clinic to encourage their constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine.
Mr Fabricant said: “I encouragethe elderly, all pregnant mothers, those with respiratory and cardiac disorders, and especially NHS staff to get their flu jabs this winter.
“We are overdue for a pandemic and while so far none has been predicted for this winter, it’s still better to be safe than sorry.
“And I am alarmed that take up rates last year in South Staffordshire was less than the national average. Only 70.5 per cent of people over 65 and 47.5 per cent in the ‘at risk’ groups were vaccinated against flu in the South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust area, compared with the national averages of 72.8 per cent for the over 65s and 50.4 per cent for those ‘at risk’.”
Dr George Kassianos, a GP and Fellow and Immunisation Lead of the Royal College of GPs, added: “Despite the relatively mild flu season last year, people should remember that flu remains a serious threat, particularly for those aged over 65 and those of any age with medical conditions that put them at increased risk from influenza infection and its complications, for whom it can be a pretty nasty and debilitating illness.
“It’s not too late, and I would encourage everyone at risk to get their annual flu jab.”