Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, has tackled the big blue ball of flu in the fight to help beat the bug.
Flu spreads easily and can cause serious illnesses which need to be treated in hospital. There are outbreaks every year, usually in winter and it causes many deaths across Wales.
The dreaded bug affects many people in the Vale of Glamorgan during the flu season, particularly those aged over 65, patients with certain long-term health conditions and pregnant women.
Wales’ annual immunisation programme is underway in time for the flu season and also covers carers, first aid volunteers and community responders. At risk groups need to have a flu vaccine every year as the bug changes year by year.
South Wales Central Regional Assembly Member, Mr Davies, joined the Beat Flu campaign at the Senedd and said:
“It’s hugely important with the flu season upon us that residents most at risk in the Vale do their very best to get protected against the viruses, which to the most vulnerable can be life-threatening.
“Vale residents are becoming more aware of the programme but we can still do more to encourage those most at risk, particularly the younger generations where only half of those got the vaccine last year.
“Vaccinations are available free of charge from your local GP or at some pharmacies and getting your vaccine will help protect you and set you up for the coming winter.”
More information is available from www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk or by calling NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.
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Photo attached – Andrew RT Davies helping to beat the flu
Even if you feel healthy, if you have one of the following conditions you are at increased risk of complications from flu and should have a flu vaccination:
- A heart problem.
- A chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma that requires regular steroid inhalers or tablets.
- Kidney disease.
- Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment).
- Liver disease.
- Had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (mini-stroke).
- A neurological condition, for example multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or post-polio syndrome.
- A problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed.
You should also have the flu vaccination if you are pregnant, aged 65 and over or if you are living in a residential or nursing home.