Cannock residents encouraged to get a FREE flu jab
24th October 2014
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Cannock Chase Council has joined forces with Public HealthEnglandand a local GP Partner to spread the message and encourage people to protect themselves and their family against flu this winter.  


Flu occurs every year, and is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness.


As advised by Neil Adams, a Consultant in Public Health for the Staffordshire and Shropshire Area Team, flu for the majority of people who catch it, is unpleasant but not life threatening. However, for some it can lead to chest infections, severe complications and even death.


It’s important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free flu vaccination every year. This includes the elderly, the very young and people with underlying medical conditions.


The flu vaccination cannot give a person the flu. It is impossible to get flu from having the flu jab because the vaccine does not contain live viruses. A very small number of people experience side effects such as aching muscles, but this is simply their immune system responding to the vaccine. These mild symptoms are not to be confused with the actual flu virus where symptoms include a high temperature, excessive tiredness and aching muscles.


CouncillorMuriel Davis, Leader of Health and Wellbeing said: “I have the flu jab every year to protect myself from the virus and have not experienced any side effects. If you are eligible for a free vaccination, speak to your GP or practice nurse to book a vaccination appointment and get the best possible protection”.


Dr. Anna Onabolu, GP Partner (MBBS, MRCGP, DPD), said “I have protected myself against the flu virus this year by having just one jab. I certainly encourage all eligible people to take up the offer and get vaccinated”.


It is best to have the flu vaccination in the autumn before any outbreaks of flu. This is something that you need every year, so do not assume you are protected because you had one last year.


The flu jab is free if you are eligible, so make an appointment with your GP surgery. 

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