LOCAL people most at risk of flu are being urged to get their free vaccination after evidence suggests that flu activity is increasing in the area.
Dr Sandra Davies, Director of Public Health said: “We have seen evidence to suggest that the number of people catching flu in Liverpool and elsewhere in the North West is starting to increase.
“Our concern is that key groups such as pregnant women, young children, those aged over 65 and people with long term health conditions, who are at much greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, may not have had their free flu vaccine yet.
“The vaccine really is the best protection against flu and I would urge all those in these “at risk groups” who have not had the jab to get it as soon as possible.”
Evidence that has been gathered on the most recent strain of the flu virus shows the vaccine that has been developed to fight the strain is working well.
Scientists have suggested that this strain of the flu virus particularly affects children, pregnant women, and adults with long term conditions like chronic heart disease, liver disease, neurological disease and respiratory disease in particular.
The quick and simple flu jab is the best protection from the virus and will help to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death amongst those most at risk. It is free because people in at risk groups need it.
Children aged 2, 3 and 4 should have a free nasal spray from their GP to protect them. Children in school-years 1 and 2 get their nasal spray vaccine through school.
Maintaining good cough and hand hygiene, such as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your hands as soon you can are important actions that can help prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of transmission.