Flu squad flies in to protect us

The 'Flu Squad' Ian Robson and Elaine Wheldon in Morpeth Market Place to spread the message about the annual free flu jab available.
The 'Flu Squad' Ian Robson and Elaine Wheldon in Morpeth Market Place to spread the message about the annual free flu jab available.

RESIDENTS were urged to get the flu jab this winter when a team of health workers visited Morpeth on Monday.

A North East NHS Flu Safe Squad took to the Market Place to spread the message about the annual free vaccination, which is available now from GP surgeries and could save the lives of those who are at serious risk.

They also discussed the facts about the condition with people who had questions or concerns.

Those most at risk include pregnant women and their unborn babies, children and adults with long-term health problems, anyone aged over 65 and carers of people in these groups.

Deputy Medical Director Dr Tricia Cresswell said: “Flu is not just a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people.

“The flu jab is safe and it can’t give you flu. It is particularly important that children with serious underlying conditions get the vaccine as they are at higher risk complications with flu.”

For more information about the jab, speak to your GP or local pharmacist or visit www.nhs.uk/flu