With winter fast approaching, older residents are being encouraged to protect themselves against seasonal flu and take advantage of the free NHS Swindon vaccination programme available to at-risk people.
The NHS Swindon seasonal flu vaccination programme is now underway, offering free immunisation to at-risk adults and children who suffer from asthma, heart disease and diabetes, along with everyone aged 65 or over.
The jab protects against seasonal flu only and is not related to the swine flu vaccination programme which is due to start shortly. Outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur in winter so it is important to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
As the flu virus changes each year, the flu vaccine needs to match the latest version of the virus. This means that people need to have the jab every year. We are also reminding people that the flu vaccine does not contain any live virus, so it cannot cause flu.
Dr Jenny Harries, Joint Director of Public Health at NHS Swindon and Swindon Borough Council, said: "Those at greater risk of developing serious complications from flu should contact their local surgery as soon as possible to arrange to be vaccinated and protect themselves from the virus in the months to come."
Seasonal flu is contagious, so the best way to avoid catching flu is to get the vaccination. In addition, practical tips to help avoid spreading germs to others and to help avoid infection yourself include always carrying tissues, covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue, disposing of the tissue after one use, and cleaning your hands as soon as you can.