A WEARSIDE MP is urging people to have the flu jab – after getting the needle herself.
Sharon Hodgson, who represents Washington and Sunderland West was among MPs and Peers invited to attend Westminster Flu Day, a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, to encourage their constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine in line with Government recommendations.
Last year, 77 per cent of people over 65 and 54 per cent in the at risk groups were vaccinated against flu in the Washington and Sunderland West area compared with the national averages of 74 per cent for the over 65s and 51.6 per cent for those “at risk”.
Mrs Hodgson said: “The seasonal flu vaccination is important to help protect those people who are more susceptible to serious complications or even death from flu. I would 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.”
Dr George Kassianos, a GP and Fellow and immunisation lead of the Royal College of GPs, added: “Despite the relatively mild flu season last year, people should remember that flu remains a serious threat. I would encourage everyone at risk to get their annual flu jab.”