Health experts are calling on pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions in Suffolk to get vaccinated to prevent the worst effects of winter flu.
Suffolk’s public health team and GPs are urging people to stay well this winter.
Typically, fewer than half of pregnant women in the county and residents designated in ‘at risk groups’ are vaccinated each year.
Councillor Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said: “Flu is a particularly unpleasant illness that generally affects people over the colder months.
“Those at particular risk, because they are pregnant, have a health condition or are over 65 years of age, as well as carers all qualify for a free vaccination, which I would strongly encourage.
“It’s a simple but vitally important way of protecting your health, and also reduces the spread of flu to friends and loved ones.”
The flu vaccination is widely recognised as an effective way to reduce harm from flu. It reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death.
Carers, pregnant women, people aged six months to 65 with an underlying health condition and people aged over 65 are eligible for free vaccinations.
Young children are offered the vaccination as a nasal spray.
Everyone else can arrange for a paid-for vaccination through GP-organised flu clinics and some participating community pharmacies.
Healthy lifestyle providers, OneLife Suffolk, will be working closely with local GP practices in parts of the county to promote the message.
For more information about the vaccination or flu in general, visit: www.healthysuffolk.org.uk