How the power of two can beat flu

The Lord Mayor of Manchester – and his mum, Vera – are calling for people in key risk groups to come forward for their annual flu vaccination.

Showing that the power of two can beat flu – Vera Austin, 81, was joined by her son, The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan as she went for her annual vaccination recently. Mother and son visited Park View Medical Centre, in Crumpsall, and are also reminding parents that children aged between two and four can have a jab-free vaccine this year.

Flu symptoms can start suddenly and in some cases severely – including fever, chills, headaches, aching muscles as well as a cough or sore throat. Some people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

Vera, from Crumpsall, is one of the priority groups for the vaccination which focuses on anyone aged 65 and over,  and also includes pregnant women (at any stage of their pregnancy), and adults and children with long-term health conditions.

Vera Austin, said:

“A bad bout of flu is very different from having a heavy cold and can make some people seriously ill. It can particularly affect people, like me, who are in the risk groups, so it’s vital that you come forward for your vaccination. It’s so quick and you can hardly feel a thing – it could save your life.”

Flu which is caused by a virus cannot be treated by antibiotics, which only work on bacteria. The viruses that cause flu change each year, which is why people need a yearly vaccination that matches the new viruses. The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan, said:

“Flu vaccinations do save lives, if you know someone in one of the at risk groups I’d urge you to remind them to get their annual vaccination or even go with them when they have it done. If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, why not speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.”

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