People aged over 65 or who have a long-term health condition are being urged to protect themselves from a nasty - and possibly dangerous - bout of flu at a series of roadshows taking place in the county this month.
The NHS Nottinghamshire County Flu Safe roadshow will visit four shopping centres and supermarkets this month in an effort to persuade ‘at risk’ members of the public to take advantage of having a free flu jab before they fall prey to the illness.
People who are said to be ‘at risk’ of complications from having flu include those over 65 and those who have long-term health conditions such as severe asthma, diabetes or a chest or heart complaint.
Although the flu jab is free, statistics show that last winter almost half the people in the county who are most likely to develop potentially life-threatening complications if they get flu didn’t get the jab.
Penny Spring, Public Health Consultant, NHS Nottinghamshire County, said: “People with health conditions are used to managing their health and taking precautions. However, many do not realise the risk that flu can pose to them. Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks, but getting flu when you already have a health condition can lead to serious complications and it can even be a killer.
“Unlike other medication for long term health conditions, the flu jab is an annual one-off vaccine. The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe. Please don’t underestimate flu – make an appointment with your local GP surgery and get your jab now to protect yourself all winter long. The flu jab is completely safe and doesn’t carry the live flu virus so it can’t give you flu.”
The Flu Safe roadshow will be giving out leaflets and information this month at the following locations:
Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield on Fri 16th Nov (9am-2pm)
Stapleford Care Centre, Nottingham on Tues 27th Nov (10am – 1pm)
ASDA Arnold Superstore, Nottingham on Tues 27th Nov (10am-3pm)
ASDA Superstore, Mansfield (Old Mill Lane) on Tues 27th Nov (2pm-6pm)