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Nottinghamshire County Council's newly-appointed vice-chairman urges people to get flu jab to protect Newark's young and elderly

The newly-appointed vice-chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council has urged people to get their flu jab and protect the young and elderly in Newark.

Stuart Wallace, 73, has had the jab every year for the past eight years.

As a former chairman of the county council’s adult and social care committee, he understands how devastating flu can be.

Stuart Wallace (24748089)
Stuart Wallace (24748089)

Mr Wallace, who represents Newark East, said: “Let’s not forget that flu can be fatal or at the least debilitating.

“I got flu when I was in my 30s and fit and healthy and it flattened me for two weeks. I’ve never felt so ill. It makes me think now how it would feel for older and vulnerable people who are already unwell if they got it. And it can be easily avoided by getting the vaccine. It takes a second to get the jab and prevent a serious illness.”

The strain of flu alters every winter, which is why people are urged to get vaccinated every year.

Mr Wallace said: “For those people who are exceptionally vulnerable, like the elderly or very young, I would encourage everyone to get the vaccine, either as a nasal spray for children or injection for adults.

“I also want all my staff who have face to face contact with the elderly or vulnerable to get the vaccination so they won’t pass it on to them.”

The council provides free flu jabs for frontline workers, such as social care staff.

Dr Thilan Bartholomeuz, of Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Australia, which often predicts the UK winter season, has had a bad flu season. We also know that those with respiratory conditions like emphysema and asthma are a major cause for emergency admissions to hospitals in winter.

“This is why all GPs across Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood are working together to make protecting our populations against flu our priority this winter.”

People should contact their GP if they qualify for a free flu jab. Those not eligible for a free vaccination can still book a flu jab at some local chemists or supermarkets for a small charge.

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