Roadshow to urge at risk patients to get flu vaccination

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A flu roadshow highlighting the importance of vaccination to those most at risk of the virus is to roll into the Farmers’ Market in Belper on Saturday December 8, from 8.30am to 1pm.

At the event a team of advisers from the Department of Health’s ‘Flu Safe’ squad will be giving out information and answer questions about the free flu vaccine.

The flu jab protects those who are most at risk from flu – including pregnant women and their unborn babies, children and adults with health problems, anyone aged 65 or over, carers and those living in long stay residential homes.

Roadshow organisers will be wearing ‘Flu Safe, Get the Jab’ t-shirts, and members of the public will be able to pick up ‘Flu Safe, Get the Jab’ branded tissues.

Dr Sheila Newport, chair of the NHS Southern Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “These roadshows are a great way to take these all-important messages to Belper Town.

“While most people who are normally fit and healthy recover from flu by taking plenty of rest, fluids and over the counter

remedies, for those in at risk groups it can cause serious illness and in the most tragic of cases, it can even be a killer.”

Help and information on the flu and its symptoms is freely available by ringing NHS ‘111’.