More than 4,500 at-risk patients have had a flu jab during Saturday morning flu clinics in Corby this month.
The clinics will run until the end of the October and Corby GPs are urging anybody who is eligible for the jab to come forward and make an appointment either this Saturday morning or during the weeks ahead.
Surgeries including Great Oakley, Woodsend, The Studfall Partnership and Lakeside Healthcare will be all offering Saturday flu clinics in October.
The seasonal flu vaccine is advisable and free of charge to at-risk groups who are aged 65 years or over, live in a residential or nursing home, are the main carer of an older or disabled person or pregnant.
The best time of year to get it is October or early November.
GP Joanne Watt, a member of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s important that you think about getting a flu vaccination.
“If you’re in any of the ’at risk’ groups the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.
“Flu is not like a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people.
“The vaccination doesn’t contain the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu.
“And remember, the flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe.
“Flu can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and can make existing conditions much worse.
“Flu can knock you off your feet and make it hard to look after the kids or go to work In the most serious cases, seasonal flu might land you in hospital – it can even be a killer.
“Contact your GP practice to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the virus.”
The jab is also necessary for individuals with a serious medical condition.
These conditions include asthma, heart problems, diabetes, chest complaints or breathing difficulties including bronchitis and emphysema.
They also include kidney disease, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment, liver disease, stroke or a transient ischaemic attack, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy and problems with, or the removal of, the spleen, for example sickle cell disease.
Flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus.
The types of virus in circulation change every year as does the vaccine; therefore it is important that at risk groups have the jab every winter.
Flu Jab Facts
The flu jab can’t give you flu
The flu jab is perfectly safe
The flu virus changes, so you need a flu jab every year
If you’re pregnant, the flu jab doesn’t harm your unborn baby. In fact it can protect your baby from flu for the first few months of life
The flu jab also protects against swine flu
The flu jab isn’t just for older people – pregnant women, those with health conditions, carers, and those with weakened immunity should all get the jab
The flu jab protects people of all ages
Flu isn’t just a cold, it can be a really serious illness
Children can have the nasal vaccine if they are in one of the groups being called for the vaccination.