Patients living with a long term condition such as diabetes, asthma or a heart condition are urged to have a free NHS flu vaccination to keep them well this winter.
These patients – including children and adults – are more at risk of the complications of flu which could result in a stay in hospital or even death.
Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, Urgent Care Lead at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s very important that patients who have an underlying health condition don’t delay and have a free flu vaccination at their GP practice or a pharmacist.”
Ed said: “Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days from flu, but for some, especially those with a long term condition the illness can lead to a stay in hospital, permanent disability or even death.”
You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you have the following conditions:
- heart problems
- chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- kidney diseased
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- multiple sclerosis
- morbid obesity (BMI over 40)
- cerebral palsy or a learning disability.
- neurological condition e.g.
You can watch a short video of an Oxfordshire patient who has diabetes, urging eligible people to have a free NHS flu vaccination – see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzQ-tjWb2a0&feature=youtu.be
Who else is eligible for an NHS flu vaccination?
People aged over 65, pregnant women, children in primary school and youngsters aged two and three years old.
For more information on the NHS flu vaccination visit www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk