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Free flu vaccine offered to the most vulnerable
8:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN is being rolled out across Wiltshire to highlight the importance of the seasonal flu vaccine for pregnant women and other ‘at-risk’ groups.
Wiltshire Council is working with NHS Wiltshire to promote the free vaccine to pregnant women. It is safe for both mothers and babies and helps protect against illness which can be particularly severe in pregnancy.
Posters with the vaccine information have been placed around the county and pregnant women will be given a vaccination passport at antenatal appointments.
Photo mounts, given out with 12-week and 20-week scan photos, will also carry the message.
Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “The vaccine is there to help the at-risk groups in our communities, but people can help protect themselves against the flu virus by following the advice, carry tissues and keep good hand hygiene.”
Maggie Rae, director of public health, said: “We are encouraging all pregnant women to have this year’s seasonal flu jab, even if they had one last year. The jab is free to all pregnant women from their GP as pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to complications caused by flu. The seasonal flu jab is safe to have at any stage in pregnancy. It will also protect your newborn baby.”
There are many other groups of people which are eligible for a free seasonal flu vaccine from their GP.
Letters from surgeries are being sent to the over 65s, parents of babies, children, young people and adults with certain medical conditions, long-stay residents in nursing and residential homes and people who receive carers’ allowance or who care for an elderly or a disabled resident.
For more about flu and the vaccine, visit www.nhs.uk/fluand theflu vaccine.aspx.
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