Beat Flu for free this autumn!

The annual campaign to encourage people in eligible groups to have the free NHS flu vaccination and protect themselves from the illness has been launched.
Beat Flu is a call to those aged 65 and over, people with certain long term health conditions and pregnant women to get vaccinated.
Carers, volunteers providing care or providing first aid in organised public events, as well as Community First Responders, are also entitled to the vaccine, which is delivered as a small injection in the arm.
To arrange your vaccine or to find out if you are eligible contact your GP surgery as soon as possible. Flu jabs are also available in some community pharmacies.
This year the vaccine programme is being extended so children between the ages of two and six will be eligible.
The vaccine is administered as a nasal spray and those aged two and three will receive it at their GP practice while those aged four, five and six (reception, year 1 and 2) will receive the spray at school.
NHS staff are also encouraged to protect their patients by having the vaccine at one of the clinics taking place in their local occupational health department.
Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda University Health Board, Teresa Owen, is encouraging all those who are eligible to have the flu jab: “We’re actively supporting the Beat Flu campaign to protect our local communities across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
“It is very important to have the vaccine, so if you are aged 65 years or older, you are pregnant, or you have a health condition that puts you at risk of flu complications such as diabetes, heart disease or chronic respiratory disease, please take up this offer of a free vaccination.”
Last year, more than 80,000 people across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire had their flu jab.
Find out more by visiting www.beatflu.org or finding Beat Flu on Twitter and Facebook.

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