‘Have your flu jab’ urge Ottery and Honiton GPs

Visit your local pharmacy for help and advice to beat the winter flu.

Visit your local pharmacy for help and advice to beat the winter flu. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

People are being urged to have a potentially life-saving free flu vaccination at their doctor’s surgery by Ottery and Honiton GPs.

Some groups - including pregnant women, young children aged two to four, carers, those with long-term health conditions like heart disease or breathing problems, and people aged over 65 - are more susceptible to flu and its effects, so it is particularly important that they are vaccinated.

They can have the vaccine free of charge.

Dr Jennie Button, a GP partner at Honiton Surgery, said: "The vaccination is our first line of defence against flu, which is unpleasant at best and a potential killer at worst. Flu can exacerbate existing medical conditions, lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and be deadly for older and more vulnerable people. I recommend that people have the vaccine at their local GP practice before the virus starts to circulate in the community as it gets colder and winter approaches."

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