People in Knowsley who are at risk from serious complications of flu are being urged to take up the offer of a free vaccination.
Knowsley Council is appealing to all the vulnerable groups to protect themselves this winter by getting vaccinated.
In addition, for the first time, a nasal spray vaccine is being offered to healthy two and three-year-old children in a bid to slow down the spread of the virus.
This marks the first step in an extension to the national flu vaccination programme, which will eventually include yearly vaccination of all two to 16-year-olds.
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley said: “For the majority of people, flu is an unpleasant, but not life-threatening illness. However, it can be very serious for older people and those groups at risk of developing complications.
“They include those with weakened immune systems as well as underlying conditions such as neurological disorders, liver, lung or kidney disease, heart problems or diabetes and pregnant women.
“Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the potential serious harm from flu this winter. I urge everyone entitled to a free vaccination to take up the offer – especially the parents of young children who qualify.”
A national advertising campaign was launched on 11 October by Public Health England to encourage take-up of the vaccine.
The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a vaccination last winter you need another one this year to stay safe from flu.
Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment and get you or your child vaccinated. It’s quick, safe and free for those at risk from the virus and all two and three year olds.