It’s not too late to get a flu jab.
That’s the message for people in at-risk groups as the winter continues.
GP surgeries and pharmacies are offering the jabs for free to anyone aged 65 and older, pregnant women and those who suffer from a pre-existing condition.
Such conditions include diabetes, a heart problem, kidney disease, liver disease, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties.
Anyone who has had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (mini stroke), a problem with their spleen or a neurological condition is also applicable.
Children aged two and three can also be given painless nasal sprays.
Dr Helena Jopling from Central Beds Council’s public health team said: “Flu isn’t just a bad cold and for the most vulnerable members of our communities it can cause much more serious illness.
“It’s a sad fact that last year in Beds 167 people died from illnesses that started as flu.”
She added: ““The best way to avoid getting flu is to get protected, so I would urge anyone who is at risk to arrange a vaccination.
“It’s worth remembering that the flu jab doesn’t just protect you, it protects those around you too.”
Pharmacies that are providing the free jabs can be found at www.central bedfordshire.gov.uk/ publichealth.