Time for over 65s to get their flu jab
Flu symptoms can be particularly severe for adults over 65, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. In both cases, you are much more likely to become seriously ill and develop complications like pneumonia. By getting the flu jab you are significantly reducing your chances of developing flu over the coming winter months.
It has been recognised for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defences become weaker with age.
The flu vaccine is the best possible protection against catching flu, which tends to be at its highest levels during the autumn and winter months. Even if you’ve had the vaccination before, it’s important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes too.
There are a lot of myths about flu that have circulated over the years. Many people worry that the vaccine can give you the flu. Please be assured that this isn’t possible as there is no live influenza virus in the vaccine.
If you care for someone over 65, it’s advisable to get vaccinated too, so that you can protect yourself and the person you care for. Make an appointment today; it’s free because you need it.