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GPs advise jabs as flu cases rise
11:00am Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in News
DOCTORS are warning people in Dorset to get their flu jabs amid a rising number of cases in the county.
GPs are reminding people to get vaccinated – not just to protect themselves but to protect other vulnerable members of the community.
GP Chris McCall said: “We are reminding local people to get protected against flu as we are seeing a rise in cases in some parts of the area.
“The flu virus is highly infectious and spreads rapidly through small, contaminated droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.
“Unlike a cold, the symptoms of flu come on very quickly and include a fever and aching joints and muscles.
“Whilst you may not feel ill it is all too easy to pass it on to other people who could be vulnerable and may ultimately develop complications.
“To help stop the spread of flu there are a few things people can do such as regularly cleaning surfaces, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze and binning tissues as soon as they are used.
“People need to be aware that the strain of flu virus changes every year which is why you need to have the vaccine every year. I’d not only encourage those who are eligible to get the jab, but also anyone who is a carer of someone in an at risk group.”
More information on flu along with details of who is eligible for a free vaccination is available from the NHS Bournemouth and Poole and NHS Dorset websites or by contacting your GP.