Local AM Backs Campaign To BEAT FLU

Huw Irranca-Davies AM

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies is urging all those eligible for the free influenza (flu) vaccine to make an appointment with their GP or go to their community pharmacy to get vaccinated. 

Flu can be a debilitating and potentially deadly illness with at-risk groups including pregnant women, people with certain long-term illnesses, those aged 65 or over and carers.

All children aged two to eight years are also being offered protection with a simple nasal spray flu vaccine – so no needle. Two and three year olds (age on 31 August 2017) will have their nasal spray vaccine at their GP surgery and children in reception class, year one, two, three and four in primary school will be offered their nasal spray vaccine at school. 

Huw said: “Last year in Wales less than half of those in at-risk groups under the age of 65 took up their free NHS flu vaccination. We need to increase this number and help prevent the spread of this largely preventable illness. The Beat Flu campaign is underway throughout Wales and even if you had the vaccine last year, it is still important to get vaccinated again this year to protect yourself this winter.”

To find out more about how to get your free vaccine visit www.beatflu.org or www.curwchffliw.org, or find Beat Flu or Curwch Ffliw on twitter and facebook.