Experiencing symptoms of a winter illness? Seek advice from a pharmacist

Why flu vaccination is important for people with long term health conditions

Flu on top of any long term health condition can easily develop into something very serious, and you could end up in hospital. You are eligible for the free flu jab if you have the following conditions:

  • COPD, bronchitis, emphysema or asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Diabetes
  • Lowered immunity as a result of disease or medical treatment, such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • A neurological condition, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy, or a learning disability
  • A problem with your spleen, including sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A BMI of 40 or above (seriously overweight)

Don't put it off – contact your GP or pharmacist to get the flu jab now. It's free because you need it.

The free flu vaccine is, without a doubt, worth having. I'd advise everybody who is eligible to have it. Make time to go. Prevention is always better than cure, and you'll actually save time by not getting ill!

Mark, 47, has interstitial lung disease and polymyositis

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If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

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