Ambulance trust urges people to get flu jab

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PROTECT yourself against flu and help ease the strain on paramedics – that’s the message coming from the ambulance service.

South Central Ambulance Service (Scas) is urging people to have a flu jab this winter to protect themselves and others against seasonal flu and to help to relieve winter pressures on the ambulance service.

Those at greater risk from flu include people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with long-term health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints, liver or kidney disease and neurological conditions and diabetes.

Phil Convery, Scas infection control lead said: ‘The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe.

‘The best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from October to early November, so it’s good to get in early and get flu safe in time for the winter.’

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