Have you had your flu vaccine yet asks the Health Agency

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THE Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people who are eligible for the flu vaccine but haven’t yet had it, to get it as soon as possible.

The PHA is particularly urging all those aged under 65 years who are in ‘at risk’ groups and pregnant women to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible. Flu can cause serious illness and result in a stay in hospital, or even death, for people in these ‘at risk’ categories. Even if you feel fit and healthy, if you fall into one of these groups it is important that you remember to get the vaccine.

Dr Richard Smithson, Consultant in Health Protection at the PHA, said: This year flu vaccine is also being offered to all two and three year olds for the first time.

“There has been a very positive response from parents so far. However, some two and three year olds still haven’t had the vaccine. “

Dr Smithson added: “I would encourage every p arent to take up the chance of getting the vaccine for your child, if they fall into one of these two categories. It is easy and painless to give as we are now using a vaccine that is given as a spray up the nose.”