Flu Jab Web SmallThe annual flu vaccine is now available and HMR CCG Chair Dr Chris Duffy (pictured right) received his immunisation today. 

Here are some facts to keep you safe this flu season.

The vaccine is especially important for people at higher risk from flu. This includes:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged over 65
  • People with lower immunities, such as those with long term health conditions like asthma
  • Children aged between two and four

People at risk can have the flu vaccine for free
from their GP or local community pharmacy. If you are at risk, or if you are unsure about getting the vaccine, contact your GP surgery or local pharmacy.

Colds and flu are viral illnesses and can be treated yourself by, taking paracetamol to relieve aches, drinking plenty of fluids and taking plenty of rest.

Cold and flu symptoms can last up to two weeks or longer. It is important that you choose the right treatment and only book a GP appointment when necessary. This helps doctors to deal with patients who need health advice and a prescription.

Your pharmacist can help you choose what is right for you and can deal with minor illnesses without you having to see your GP.

For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit

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