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Flu jab reminder to people in Keighley district
Keighley people in “at risk” categories are being urged to ensure they get a flu jab.
NHS Bradford and Airedale has launched a drive to encourage the vulnerable to be immunised.
Those “at risk” include people over 65, adults and children with long-term medical conditions, pregnant women and care home residents. Carers are also eligible.
Dr Shirley Brierley, public health consultant for NHS Bradford and Airedale, said: “It is imperative that all people in at-risk groups understand how important it is to get their free flu jab. They are more likely to develop complications if they catch flu and the seasonal jab will not only protect them, it will also protect their families and the people around them.
“Last year, more than 75 per cent of people aged over 65 and a high number of people from the risk groups were immunised. This year, we hope more of those at risk will get the free jab to protect themselves and their loved ones over the winter months.
“Flu is a highly-infectious illness caused by a virus. It changes every year, as does the vaccine to fight it, so it is important that those at risk protect themselves annually.”
She added that people could also help prevent themselves and others catching flu by using the “catch it, bin it, kill it” technique – covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, disposing of the tissue after one use and cleaning your hands as soon as possible with soap and water or an alcohol gel.
For more information, visit nhs.uk/conditions/flu-jab.