LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is showing his support for Public Health Wales’s annual campaign aimed at getting more “at-risk” people vaccinated to prevent them getting ill with flu, a debilitating and contagious illness that can kill.
Nick is joining the calls being made by charities and health professionals and is urging people aged 65 or over, carers, pregnant women and those with certain chronic or long-term illnesses to make an appointment with their local GP and get the free flu vaccine.
Speaking today Nick said:
“A major flu immunisation programme is underway throughout Wales to offer free vaccines to people most at risk of serious complications from flu, and my message to them is “Beat flu before it beats you!”.
“Last year in Wales only half (49.3%) of those in at-risk groups under the age of 65 took up their free NHS vaccination, and we really need to significantly increase the numbers of people being vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of this largely preventable illness.”