A mother from Warwickshire who almost died after catching flu is urging people to take up their free flu vaccination.
Louise Lyle spent several months in hospital in 2010 after catching flu.
One in three people in Warwickshire are eligible for the vaccine, including those over the age of 65, pregnant women and people considered at risk because of ongoing medical conditions. Two and three year olds are also eligible for a nasal vaccine.
A councillor from Warwickshire has joined the campaign to en courage more people at risk of the flu this winter to get vaccinated, as the illness ‘can be a killer’.
Councillor Bob Stevens warned people of the extra problems getting flu can pose, and urged people to protect themselves by getting the jab.
Flu can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and can make existing conditions much worse. Flu can knock you off your feet and make it hard to look after children or go to work. In the most serious cases, seasonal flu might land you in hospital - it can even be a killer.
If you are in any of the 'at risk' groups, the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.
– Cllr Bob Stevens, Warwickshire County Council's Portfolio Holder for Health
People in Warwickshire are being encouraged to get their free flu vaccination. One in three people in the county are eligible for the vaccination, including those over the age of 65 and pregnant women.
Warwickshire County Council is urging people to get vaccinated in time for winter, knowing that only half of adults clinically identified as ‘at risk’ of flu actually get their vaccination. This includes those with asthma and heart disease.
The flu vaccine changes every year as strains of flu adapts, so even people who got their jab last year need another one this year too.