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Islanders urged to get vaccine ahead of heavy flu season

Islanders are being urged to get the flu vaccine Photo: PA

Islanders in Guernsey are being urged to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible, ahead of what is expected to be a very heavy season.

The Health Department say pensioners and people with certain medical conditions will benefit from protection against the flu.

They say people with chronic lung or heart disease, kidney or liver disease, HIV, diabetes, pregnant women, those who are obese and healthcare workers should get the vaccine.

Children are also advised to get the inoculation as they can spread the illness in the community.

The flu vaccine for children is easy to administer as it's a nasal spray rather than an injection.

It's quick and painless but will protect your child as well as you, your friends and family.

The Committee for Health and Social Care have made this vaccine available through the GP practices for children aged 2 and 3 and through your child's school for those in reception to year 4.

There is therefore no cost to the parents.

– Guernsey and Alderney's Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr Nicola Brink