If you are living with Hepatitis C ask about a flu vaccination

The flu vaccine is provided free by the NHS to those living with serious health conditions as part of the NHS’s ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery taking up to a week. People with flu are approximately 11 times more likely to die if they have an underlying health condition than if they don’t.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said:

‘Let me be crystal clear - flu kills. For many people it is an unpleasant illness but for the most vulnerable in society it is extremely dangerous and can be lethal.

Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from catching flu and I would urge everyone who is offered the vaccine free on the NHS to get vaccinated.’

The national campaign is being launched to encourage those eligible for the vaccine free on the NHS to contact their GP or pharmacist.

As well as protecting against flu, the NHS ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign will give advice on how to avoid common illness to people with long-term health conditions, such hepatitis C.

The campaign’s messages are:

  • make sure you get the flu jab if eligible
  • keep yourself warm - heat your home to least 18 degrees C (or 65F) if you can
  • if you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious
  • make sure you get your prescription medicines before pharmacies close on Christmas Eve
  • always take your prescribed medicines as directed