Get protected against seasonal flu

SUFFOLK: Those at risk of getting seasonal flu in Suffolk are encouraged to protect themselves by getting the free jab.This year's annual seasonal flu vaccination campaign has now been launched by the Department of Health, which means anyone aged 65 or over is automatically offered the jab.

SUFFOLK: Those at risk of getting seasonal flu in Suffolk are encouraged to protect themselves by getting the free jab.

This year's annual seasonal flu vaccination campaign has now been launched by the Department of Health, which means anyone aged 65 or over is automatically offered the jab.

Younger people with long-term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, serious kidney and liver disease are also offered the vaccination.

Dr Linda Sheridan, director of Flu Resilience at NHS East of England, said: “We encourage all eligible people in the east of England to take advantage of the free seasonal flu jab to protect themselves this winter.

“For those under 65 with long term conditions such as diabetes or heart conditions remember that even if you feel well you are at increased risk of seasonal flu and the jab is your best protection.”

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus. Every year approximately 8,000 people suffer seasonal flu-related deaths in the winter months in England and Wales.