Croydon’s local doctors are encouraging their patients to have a jab to protect themselves against the flu this winter.
“Flu is a very infectious disease with symptoms that can come on very quickly, and is most prevalent during the colder months,” Dr Agnelo Fernandes, a GP and the assistant clinical chair and clinical lead for urgent care in NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG).
“There are a number of ways you can protect yourself against flu; one of the most effective is to make sure you get your free flu jab from your GP if you are particularly vulnerable.”
By making sure you get the flu jab, you can increase your resistance to the disease and the ability to fight back.
“Flu is much worse than a cold, and can be particularly serious for certain groups of people,” Dr Fernandes said. “Those over 65 years old, young children, pregnant women and those with long-term conditions, such as heart disease or respiratory illnesses, are particularly vulnerable. Flu can sometimes develop into more serious conditions, such as pneumonia or bronchitis, or it can make existing conditions worse.”
Dr Fernandes and the CCG recommends that you should talk to your GP about a flu jab if you:
- are pregnant;
- have a long-term condition;
- have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA);
- are seriously overweight;
- are a carer of an older or disabled person;
- live in a residential or nursing home;
- are over 65 years of age.
You should also ensure your child is vaccinated against flu if they are under 5.
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