HEALTH chiefs are appealing for under 65s and pregnant women in particular to get their flu jab before winter sets in.
Latest figures taken from GP surgeries across the area show that uptake in these groups has been lower than expected.
NHS North Yorkshire and York is responsible for ensuring people who are most ‘at risk’ from flu get protected and come forward for their vaccine.
You can get a free flu jab from your GP if you:
l are 65 or over
l have a serious medical condition (such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis, serious kidney and liver disease, chronic respiratory disease etc.)
l are the main carer for an elderly or disabled family member whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
l are pregnant (this now includes all pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy - a slight change to last year).
Dr Phil Kirby, interim director of public health at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: “Those people who are more at risk from flu should have the vaccine because they are not able to fight it off as easily as others.
“For them, flu can often result in serious complications, sometimes requiring hospital admission, or even be life-threatening.”
To find out more about the vaccine, like who should have it and its safety record, visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu-jab