As temperatures continue to drop, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reminding those who are eligible to get their free flu jab.
The UK is still in the midst of winter, which brings with it an increased risk of flu and it can be very unpleasant for most healthy people, but vulnerable groups are at risk of developing potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
Pregnant women, children, adults aged 65 and over, carers and people with long term medical conditions are all eligible for the free flu jab and are reminded to contact their local GP or pharmacist, as it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
The Trust is also still offering free flu jabs for pregnant women when they come in for scans and appointments.
Julie Marshman, Chief Nurse at the Trust said: “Often, people think they can cope with flu if they can struggle through a heavy cold, but that’s not the case at all. Flu is much worse than the common cold and it can be fatal for some.
“This winter, 80% of our staff were vaccinated and we’re so proud of them for protecting not only themselves, but their patients, colleagues and families from exposure to horrible flu bug.
“It’s not too late to have the vaccine, and it’s important that you have it as soon as possible, to give your body the time it needs to build antibodies.”