Council encourages residents to get flu jab.

Wakefield residents who fall into an 'at risk' group are being urged to have a flu jab to reduce their own risk of catching and then passing on the virus over the festive season.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, at Wakefield Council said: "I'd encourage any residents who are in the 'at risk' groups to visit their GP practice and take up the offer of the vaccine in order to safeguard their health.

"The injection takes just a few seconds, is quick and painless, so I'd urge all of those who are eligible to ensure they are protected, and also protect any vulnerable people around them."

The following groups are eligible for this year's flu vaccination:

Over 65's and at risk groups, including pregnant women (at risk groups cover those with a long term health condition, i.e. diabetes, those with a weakened immune system (e.g. HIV or cancer patients), heart disease, chronic respiratory disease (e.g. severe asthma, COPD, bronchitis), kidney disease, liver disease,

 Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health, at Wakefield Council said: "Seasonal Influenza is highly contagious and easily preventable.

"It is really important to get vaccinated, particularly for infants, people with on-going health problems like diabetes, older people and pregnant women - contact your GP surgery and make an appointment.

"The virus can be passed from people who don't even have the symptoms. It is important for us to remain vigilant and take all the necessary precautions to protect those who are more vulnerable."

 For more information visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/residents/health-care-and-advice/public-health/seasonal-health/fight-off-flu