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PEOPLE are being asked the question: ‘Are you flu safe?’

Flu is a highly contagious infection, which can be caught by anyone, but can become a very serious illness for some.

NHS Portsmouth and NHS Hampshire offers a free flu jab to people who may be ‘at risk’ of the bug developing into a long-term problem. They are:

· Everyone 65 years and over

· All pregnant women

· Adults and children over six months with long-term heart, lung, kidney, liver or neurological conditions

· People with diabetes

· Anyone who has reduced immunity because of an illness or medical treatment

· Anyone in long-stay residential care

· Carers of disabled or elderly people

Andrew Mortimore, interim director of public health for Portsmouth, said: ‘We are encouraging everyone who is at risk or who knows someone at risk to make sure they get the flu jab.

‘Flu vaccinations also protect pregnant women, their unborn babies and even protect the baby up to six months after birth. We want all vulnerable people across Portsmouth and Hampshire to be flu safe this year.’

The best time to be vaccinated is from October to early November.

For more information, visit your doctor, or go to visit nhs.uk/flu.