MP David Crausby urges vulnerable people to get new flu vaccine
6:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
VULNERABLE people who are entitled to a flu vaccine in Bolton are being urged to get their dose.
Bolton North East MP David Crausby joined other members of Parliament and the House of Lords at Westminster Flu Day.
It was held in the House of Commons to encourage MPs to urge their constituents to have the flu vaccine.
Mr Crausby said: “Flu can be a very serious illness for certain groups of people.
“I would therefore encourage all those that are over the age of 65 or are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated.”
People over the age of 65, pregnant women, people suffering with a serious medical condition, those living in a nursing or residential home or people who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person are most at risk of flu.
And now, for the first time, two and three-year-olds in Bolton will be given the flu vaccine for the first time.
Parents are being contacted by their GP urging them to have their children immunised against the virus.
The vaccination programme has been launched to tackle the spread of the killer virus which kills up to 4,000 people every year and lands thousands more in hospital.
The vaccine will be given in the form of a nasal spray called Flunez and no injection or needle is used.
Minister for Health Dr Dan Poulter MP said: “The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect those people who are more susceptible to serious complications or even death from flu.”
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