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Patients urged to come forward for flu jabs

WESTBURY Group Practice is encouraging its patients in risk groups to come forward to receive their flu vaccination as the winter months approach. 

The practice invites all patients aged over 65, and those in ‘at risk’ groups, to receive their annual flu jab at the flu clinics in October.

Patients in ‘at risk’ groups are those who suffer from heart disease, respiratory problems such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease or liver disease; diabetes; a neurological condition like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy; lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (for example, no spleen, cancer or HIV); patients who have previously had a stroke or TIA (transient ischaemic attack); all pregnant women; and all carers.

Westbury Group Practice say, “You may be feeling ‘fighting fit’ now, but having the flu could affect you more seriously if you are ‘at risk’. The flu vaccine is not a live vaccine and cannot give you flu. We’d encourage all patients in the risk groups to come forwards and receive their vaccination at one of the drop-in clinics.”

Sessions will be held on:

• Thursday 11th October, 9.00am-11.00am, at the Jubilee Hall, Bratton.

• Saturday 13th October, 8.30am-2.00pm at the White Horse Health Centre.

The sessions are open to those eligible for vaccinations, and no appointment is necessary. For more information call the White Horse Health Centre on 01373 828 330.

Picture: Karen Ashman and Dr Debbie Beale of Westbury Group Practice.