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Don't chance your amr, get a jab

PUBLISHED: 20:50 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

A CAMPAIGN to encourage people to receive free flu jabs in an effort to reduce the number of elderly people dying during the winter months has been launched by Suffolk Health Authority.

A CAMPAIGN to encourage people to receive free flu jabs in an effort to reduce the number of elderly people dying during the winter months has been launched by Suffolk Health Authority.

Every winter many people, with the majority of victims being pensioners, die after catching flu which can lead to more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

Now a free flu jab is being made available for the over 65s, those living in an old people's or nursing homes, or people who suffer from a variety of complaints including heart, chest or kidney complaints.

People have been taking the health authority's advice at The Orchard Medical Practice in Ipswich, with hundreds of people attended a special flu clinic to receive their jabs.

Dr Hamid Mahgoub , clinical medical officer and flu co-ordinator at Suffolk Health Authority, said the best time to be vaccinate against flu is from this month through to early November, ready for winter.

"Those at risk should not wait until there is flu epidemic. Prevention is better than cure," he said.

"Even if you feel fit and healthy, if you are 65 years of age or older, or in a risk group, it is important to be immunised to protect yourself against flu.''

For more information or advice about flu immunisation, and exactly who should receive it, call 0845 4647 or visit the NHS Direct website.

INTERNET LINKS www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

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