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William Powell AM urges residents to take up flu vaccine

October 9, 2012 3:15 PM

Following years of campaigning from the Welsh Liberal Democrats, it has been announced that the flu vaccine will be available from some pharmacies for the first time in Wales. Details of the pharmacies across Mid and West Wales that have been chosen to provide the vaccine are available from the NHS Directwebsite.

Those who should receive the jab include:

  • The over-65s and people in long term care
  • People with long term respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • People with long term heart, renal or liver disease, neurological disease and diabetes.
  • People with a weakened immune system due to diseases such as HIV and Aids or cancer.
  • Health professionals, carers, pregnant women and members of voluntary organisations who provide emergency first aid at public events should also receive the vaccine.

William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, commented:

"If you're in any of the 'at risk' groups, then it is essential that you get the flu jab as soon as possible. It is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes. People should remember that flu remains a serious threat.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been arguing for some time now that pharmacists should be playing a bigger role in the NHS. Not only does it make it easier for patients to have access to some treatments, but it will consequently lead to there being less of a strain on our local GPs as well."