'Beat flu' says Age Cymru

Source : Age Cymru
Published on 05 November 2014 10:30 AM

Age Cymru is encouraging over 65s and those with long term underlying medical conditions to get their winter flu vaccination.

We’re supporting Public Health Wales’s annual Beat Flu immunisation programme which is now underway.

It offers free vaccines to individuals most at risk of serious complications from flu.

The campaign is targeting older people and those whose health may be at risk if their carer becomes ill with the message 'Beat flu before it beats you!'

Last year in Wales only two thirds (68.3%) of those aged 65 and over were vaccinated.

Age Cymru’s Keep Well this Winter Coordinator, Angharad Phillips says:

“It is very important that over-65s – and other ‘at-risk’ groups, take up the opportunity to have the free winter flu vaccination because flu is a serious and potentially debilitating illness.

“People who care for an older or disabled person should also have the vaccination to make sure that the people they are looking after are protected as well.

“If you are fit and healthy, you may only get mild symptoms if you catch winter flu.

“However if you have long-term health problems, winter flu can make already existing health conditions worse, and even lead to a hospital stay.

“Make sure you get the flu vaccination - it should be part of your annual routine if you are 65 or over, or in an ‘at-risk’ group.”

Flu can be largely prevented by a simple, safe and effective vaccination each year.

It is offered free of charge via GPs and some community pharmacies for all those who are 65 and over or ‘at risk’ because of long term underlying health problems.

Dr Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Programme at Public Health Wales, says:

“We would urge everyone aged 65 or over, and those who in a risk groups to Beat Flu by having the free flu jab.

“For most people influenza (or ‘flu’) is usually a relatively minor, albeit unpleasant and inconvenient, illness.

“But every year vulnerable people can and do die from flu and its many complications.”

Are you a journalist?

If you are a journalist and would like to speak to our External Relations team, please call on 029 2043 1562, 07739 894 923.

Like us on Facebook

Advice line:
08000 223 444

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

What does Age Cymru do in my area?

Donate today

Help support our work with older people

Donate now



A couple getting advice

About Age Cymru

Find out what Age Cymru does, its history, how it raises money and more about the charity.

Close window
Display options

Set the appearance of this website so you can read it more easily

Text size


To see information relating to England, Northern Ireland or Scotland set your preference below: