A CAMPAIGN offering the free flu jab to qualifying local people has been launched in Barnsley.

The NHS is running the Flu Safe campaign and is encouraging people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes to have the injection.

Dr Frances Clement, Consultant in Public Health Medicine said: “Flu is not just a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people. If you’re pregnant, have lowered immunity or a long term health condition such as severe asthma, a chest or heart complaint, or diabetes then you should also get a free flu jab from your GP and get flu safe. The flu jab is completely safe, and it can’t give you flu."

People who are carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a free jab to protect themselves and those around them.

The jab doesn’t contain the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu.

Dr Clement added: “The best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from October to early November, so it’s good to get in early and get flu safe in time for the winter."

For more information, speak to your GP, Midwife or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.