THIS Morning regular and TalkTV host Vanessa Feltz has urged people to get the flu shot after one of her daughters ended up in hospital “terribly unwell” with the virus, which can be life-threatening.
In a video, Vanessa told fans her daughter is vaccinated and that if she hadn’t been, “it’s out of the question.”
Vanessa said: “She’s been on a drip since Thursday. She has influenza”. She is vaccinated.
“The counselor said that if she hadn’t done it, things would have been worse. She says to ask you, please get the flu shot.”
Vanessa added: “She doesn’t want anyone else to go through what she is and neither do I.”
Influenza cases are currently highest at 12.3 percent among five to 14 year olds.
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Meanwhile, hospitalization rates are highest among those over 85, followed by those under five at 2.96 percent per 100,000 people hospitalized, up from 1.47 percent last week.
Flu symptoms can come on quickly and include:
- Sudden high temperature
- aching body
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite
- diarrhea or abdominal pain
- Feeling sick and being sick
Children may experience similar symptoms, but they may also experience pain in their ears and be less active.
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Usually flu symptoms get better on their own, but you can help relieve symptoms by resting, staying warm, drinking enough fluids, and taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and manage pain.
But some people — like Vanessa’s daughter, who has a “particularly horrible, horrible case of it” — can have more severe symptoms.
The NHS says you should ask for an urgent doctor’s appointment or seek help from NHS 111 if you or your child have flu symptoms and:
- You are concerned about your baby or child’s symptoms
- You are 65 or older
- you’re pregnant
- You have a long-term medical condition, such as diabetes or a condition affecting your heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, or nerves
- You have a weakened immune system – for example due to chemotherapy or HIV
- Your symptoms do not improve after seven days
If you suddenly develop chest pains, have trouble breathing, or start coughing up blood, call 999.
Last week, Dr. Conall Watson, consultant epidemiologist at the UKHSA, is urging parents to have their children vaccinated against the pathogen.
dr Watson said: “Children under five will continue to be hospitalized with the flu this autumn.
“Children aged two and three can be protected by an NHS flu vaccine, but the numbers receiving a simple nasal spray vaccine are still small – less than 30 per cent.
“As we head into winter, we expect flu levels to spike. Nobody wants their child to get sick.
“I urge parents to book with their local GP nurse as soon as possible.”
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The Sun has launched its Do the Double campaign, encouraging Brits to get their flu and Covid shots.
Book yours online by calling 119, or contact your local pharmacy or GP office – and remember to check your eligibility, you may be entitled to a free one.