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Health officials urge older residents of Croydon to get their flu jab before even colder weather arrives!

Doctors in Croydon are calling on older residents to get their free flu vaccine as soon as possible, before much colder weather arrives. 

Officials warn that once the temperature drops below 8C, members of the public aged 65 and over are at increased risk of contracting flu. They're also likely to suffer more than most people if they catch the unpredictable virus.

In light of this, a more effective vaccine is being given to those aged 65 and over this year.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, Clinical Chair at NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Unfortunately, anyone in a 'risk group' is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia.

"This year, we're giving a new vaccine to older members of the public, which is proven to give better protection against flu for people of this age. 

"If you fall into this age range you are eligible for a free flu vaccine and I'd urge you to get yours now. Simply contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to get it."

Councillor Jane Avis, cabinet member for families, health and social care, said, "It's easy to think that you should get a flu jab before Christmas. However, any time is a good time to get vaccinated, especially if you are in an at risk group.  Not only are you protecting yourself, you are protecting loved ones around you as well."

Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information on the flu vaccine and its effectiveness.