The jab is available free through GP practices to people in these ‘at risk’ groups, as flu can be particularly dangerous for them.
Dr Kevin Hill, Lincolnshire GP, said: “Most likely to strike in winter, flu is a highly infectious and unpleasant illness.
“For most healthy people flu symptoms usually last about a week. But for those in at-risk groups, flu can lead to more serious complications that can need hospital treatment, which is why people in at risk groups are invited for a free flu jab.
“We know that a lot of people don’t want to have the vaccine because they think it can give them flu.
“However, I can reassure people that the flu vaccine is safe and contains an inactive virus, so it cannot give you flu.
“Without a doubt the best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu jab.
“If you are eligible for a free flu jab and haven’t already made an appointment with your GP or nurse to be vaccinated, I strongly urge you to do so as soon as possible, in order to ensure that you are protected against flu.”
• For more information about the flu jab, contact your GP practice.
• If you think you may have flu, call the free NHS111 number for information or advice (available 24/7).