Older people urged to get a flu vaccine following successful campaign launch in Willesden
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Age UK saw a strong response to its Flu Campaign at a surgery in Willesden as it urges older citizens to get their jab.
The charity set up a gazebo outside Staverton Surgery, in Staverton Road, on Sunday (October 18) to give out flu vaccines.
The practice holds a regular Saturday surgery and was the first time it opened on a Sunday.
Flu is a common and highly infectious disease caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs.
The bug often results in days and sometimes weeks in bed.
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Complications include pneumonia, inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues, and multi-organ failure.
The flu vaccine does not contain any live flu viruses and cannot give you flu. Tony Burch, retired GP and Age UK London’s trustee, said: “While coronavirus is dominating the headlines, it is crucial we don’t lose sight that winter flu poses a serious risk to older Londoners’ health.
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“The free flu vaccine is more important now more than ever to help older Londoners protect themselves and those around them from a double threat this winter.”