AROUND 8,000 people every year die as a result of seasonal flu.
But most of those deaths are avoidable, and local doctors are urging everyone to take some very simple precautions to help prevent flu spread.
For everyone, the best way to avoid spreading flu is to remember the very simple message, “Catch it, kill it, bin it”.
They can simply cover their face with a tissue if they sneeze or cough, dispose of the tissue as quickly as possible, and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Anyone in a high-risk group can additionally protect themselves against flu with a free flu vaccination. This includes:
• people aged 65 and over
• pregnant women
• healthy children aged two to three
• anyone aged between six months and 65 years old who suffers from:
o chronic respiratory disease, including asthma
o chronic heart disease
o chronic kidney disease
o chronic liver disease
o diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs
North Staffordshire CCG Clinical Director Dr Richard Page said: “There is no magic cure for flu, but we can have an impact on the way it spreads and protect those people in society who are most vulnerable. I really would urge people to follow this very simple advice.”
Anyone who is eligible for the seasonal flu jab should contact their GP surgery.