GP urges people to have free flu vaccine

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 September 2018

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With winter approaching GPs are advising people consider a flu vaccination

An Exmouth GP is urging people to have a potentially life-saving free flu vaccination at their local surgery.

Flu is a highly contagious virus that anyone can catch, so people are encouraged to get protected and have the vaccination, which will soon be available in local GP practices.

Some groups – including pregnant women; young children aged two to four; carers; those with long-term health conditions like heart disease or breathing problems, and over 65s – are more susceptible to flu and its effects, so it is particularly important that they are vaccinated. They can have the vaccine free of charge.

Dr Mark Nicholson, a GP at Imperial Surgery, said: “People should not underestimate the effects of seasonal flu – it is unpleasant at best and a potential killer at worst.”

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include a fever, chills, cough, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness.

For more information about flu, and the vaccination, visit www.nhs.uk.

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