HEALTH chiefs in Rotherham are warning people that flu and swine flu are on the increase in the region.
‘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: “Swine flu is particularly affecting young adults and pregnant women and we have seen a surge of people being admitted to hospital.
“Seasonal flu levels have also risen in the elderly causing further pressure on hospital beds and services.
“Although the symptoms of flu including swine flu are generally quite mild and most people will be able to treat it themselves at home with basic flu remedies such as paracetamol.
“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.