People in Wolverhampton are being urged to make sure that older friends and relatives are protected against flu this winter by getting their free flu jab.

Everyone over the age of 65 is entitled to a free flu vaccination from their GP or participating local pharmacy, but latest figures show around a third of pensioners in Wolverhampton still haven't had theirs.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "It might feel like the end of winter isn't too far away, but it's certainly not too late for people over the age of 65 to protect themselves against flu by claiming their free jab.

"Older people are at an increased risk of serious illness or even death if they contract flu, and yet they can be protected through a quick and easy jab that costs them nothing.

"I would urge anyone with an elderly friend, relative or neighbour to check that they've had their jab this winter - and encourage them to contact their GP or local pharmacy if they haven't."

As well as over 65s, people with long term health problems, pregnant women and carers who receive carers allowance are also entitled to a free flu jab. Children aged 2, 3 and 4 are also eligible for a free flu vaccination as a painless nasal spray, while primary school children in years 1, 2, and 3 receive nasal spray vaccinations at school.

Councillor Sweet added: "People might think they are unlikely to catch flu but it's just not worth the risk, and the complications caused by flu can be very serious for even the healthiest people. What's more, by getting vaccinated yourself you are also helping to protect those around you."

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  • released: Tuesday 31 January, 2017