Winter is coming and thousands of people across Bexhill and the surrounding area are being told to take precautions against nasty seasonal bugs by getting vaccinated.
Free flu shots are available to pensioners and other people deemed to be in various ‘at risk’ groups, like those suffering from conditions like asthma, and health experts have long urged locals to make sure they are protected against winter flus and serious colds.
Statistics revealed earlier this week showed that last year the local take-up for the flu vaccination was 72 per cent of people aged over 65 and 51 per cent in the at risk groups.
This almost mirrors the nationwide picture of 73.4 per cent for over 65s and 51.3 per cent others.
However, speaking at a Westminster event last week, Bexhill MP Greg Barker hopes more people than ever will take advantage of the jab on offer.
Mr Barker was at the annual Westminster Flu Day – a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons to help MPs encourage their constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine.
And Mr Barker, who was among many who had the jab, said: “Flu can be a very serious illness for certain groups of people.
“I would therefore encourage all those that are over the age of 65 or are in one of the at risk groups to visit their surgeries and get vaccinated.”
Mr Barker is now hoping local people follow his lead and get in touch with their GP to request a flu jab.