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Flu On The Rise In Dorset

NHS

2:31pm 24th December 2012

There's been an increase in the number of reported flu cases and GP's in Dorset are urging us to get vaccinated.

They say it's not just to protect us - but to protect vulnerable members of the community like older people and pregnant woman.

People with underlying health problems can also develop chest infections and pneumonia which can occasionally be life threatening.

Local GP Chris McCall "We are reminding local people to get protected against flu as we are seeing a rise in cases in some parts of the area. The flu virus is highly infectious and spreads rapidly through small, contaminated droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.

Unlike a cold, the symptoms of flu come on very quickly and include a fever and aching joints and muscles; and whilst you may not feel ill it is all too easy to pass it on to other people who could be vulnerable and may ultimately develop complications.

To help stop the spread of flu there are a few things people can do such as regularly cleaning surfaces, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze and binning tissues as soon as they are used.

People need to be aware that the strain of flu virus changes every year which is why you need to have the vaccine every year. I'd not only encourage those who are eligible to get the jab, but also anyone who is a carer of someone in an at risk group".

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