Rotherham flu cases up

By Amy Westby | 05/01/2011 0 comments

Rotherham flu cases up

ROTHERHAM health chiefs are advising people in at-risk groups to get free flu jabs a the number of cases in the area rises.

They are warning people that flu and swine flu are on the increase.

‘At risk’ groups including pregnant women and over 65s are being advised to take advantage of the free flu jab.

Young people with long-term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, multiple sclerosis, serious kidney and liver disease are also being encouraged to get the vaccination.

Carers are eligible for the jab along with NHS and council staff across Rotherham who have contact with patients.

Dr John Radford, director of Public Health at NHS Rotherham, said: “If you or your child develop flu-like symptoms stay at home and contact your GP by telephone or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

“People should not go to A&E if they suspect they have flu.”

For more information visit www.rotherham.nhs.uk or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.

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