Annual flu jab campaign launched

PREVENTION: Flu jabs now available at local health centres Photo credit: Flickr

TORREVIEJA Health Department has launched this year’s winter anti-flu vaccination campaign which lasts from now until January 31.

In the previous years, it has supplied up to 28,000 flu jabs covering the area from Pilar de la Horadada in the south to Rojales in the north, with more than 70 per cent of those going to the over 64 age group.   Residents covered by Torrevieja – and in other municipalities across the Vega Baja – can get their annual vaccinations at health centres and local clinics and many will be notified by post that their jab is due, although the advice is always to go the arrange an appointment and don’t wait to be invited.

José Tuells, head of preventive medicine, explained the importance of having the vaccination every year. “Since the composition of the dose varies according to the different strains of flu as notified by the WHO (World Health Organisation), the fact that someone was immune to flu in 2016 doesn’t mean they will be this year.”

Influenza is a very contagious condition and can, in some cases even result in death.  The annual flu jab is particularly recommended for people at high risk of developing complications after catching the virus and includes adults over the age of 60 and those with chronic conditions.

Those suffering from cardiac or respiratory diseases, pregnant woman and those that are morbidly obese are most at risk from catching the flu, as well as health workers, emergency service personnel and care workers who are likely to come into regular contact with members of the public.  People directly exposed to birds or pigs on farms are also on the high risk list.

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