No need to worry about flu vaccine

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Vulnerable people are being urged to ignore fears over faulty vaccines and get their flu jabs.

Although more than 70,000 people have already been vaccinated across Central Lancashire in the past few months, there have been worries over the recall of some supplies in Europe.

NHS Central Lancashire’s public health specialist Mary Lyons said: “I would like to assure everyone that the flu vaccination being offered is perfectly safe and the PCT has not received any reports of adverse reactions from patients.

“It’s important that everyone is prepared for the winter flu season and gets the vaccine as soon as possible. If you’re over 65 or if you suffer from a chronic illness or long-term condition then developing flu can be very nasty and may lead to complications such as pneumonia which can put your life at risk. Every year different strains of flu circulate in the community and the seasonal flu vaccine is specially developed to protect against these. If you are eligible to receive the vaccination but have not yet had one, call your GP practice and make an appointment as it’s the best way to protect yourself.”

“We are also offering the seasonal flu vaccine to pregnant women at antenatal clinics as they are at an increased risk of severe disease and flu-related hospital admissions.”

People not in an at-risk group won’t get a free jab.