Council Urges Residents to Take up Free Flu Jab

self care week 2015Residents in Staffordshire are being encouraged to look after themselves and their loved ones by getting a flu jab this winter.

National Self-Care Week (November 16 – 22) encourages people to be actively involved in improving their own health and wellbeing, especially those with long-term conditions such as diabetes or chronic respiratory problems.

And, Staffordshire County Council is using this week to encourage as many people as possible to take up the flu vaccination, especially those who are eligible for a free one.

Across Staffordshire less than half of those adults and children who are eligible for a free annual flu jab have so far taken this up.

People eligible for a free flu vaccination include those with certain chronic health issues; people aged 65 or over, people living in a residential or nursing home and people who are the main carer for an older or disabled person.

County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said, “Self-Care Week is an important reminder that we all have a responsibility for our own health.

“However, many people, such as those who care for an older or disabled person, may not know they are eligible for a free vaccination. The NHS website, http://www.nhs.uk has information on who is entitled to a free flu jab, and more information can also be found on our Staffordshire Cares website at http://www.staffordshirecares.info.

“Flu is an unpleasant illness, and for children, the elderly and those with existing health needs, it can be even more severe. This is why we are encouraging all of those eligible for a free flu vaccination to take up the offer and ensure they stay healthy throughout the winter months.

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