Staff at Medway Clinical Commissioning Group have been leading the fight against flu by getting vaccinated against the virus.
Although flu is unpleasant for everyone who catches it, it can be life threatening for more vulnerable groups of people.
Sarah Vaux, Chief Nurse at Medway CCG, said: “We felt it was important to lead by example so any member of staff who wanted a flu jab was given one. A lot of the staff spend time visiting GP surgeries or the hospital so it’s vital we don’t pass on the virus to those more vulnerable than ourselves.”
A free jab is available from the NHS for those particularly susceptible to the virus. They include:
- anyone aged 65 or over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition such as long-term heart or respiratory disease
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Flu viruses change regularly and as your body will not have natural resistance to the new versions, it is important to get the vaccination every autumn.
If you’re otherwise fit and healthy, there’s usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches if necessary. It is also advisable to stay off work or school until you’re feeling better, which usually takes about a week.
However, you should consider visiting your GP if: you have flu and you’re 65 years of age or over; you’re pregnant; you have a long-term medical condition; you have a weakened immune system; you develop chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or start coughing up blood; or your symptoms are getting worse over time or haven’t improved after a week.
For those not entitled to a free vaccination, flu jabs can also be purchased from many local pharmacies.