I have just heard the tragic news that one of my patients, who was admitted to intensive care over the weekend with pneumonia as a complication of influenza, sadly passed away last night. I called the patient's partner to express my sympathy and was surprised to hear that she had not had this season's flu jab. This is a problem.
We are in the throes of a major, and more virulent, flu epidemic than usual. People with MS are at high risk and are therefore eligible for the dwindling stocks of this season's flu vaccine. There has been a national appeal for all high-risk patients to get vaccinated. If you live in the UK and have not yet had the vaccination please contact your GP for an appointment to have the vaccine. In some parts of the country, you can get vaccinated by your pharmacist. For more information please read the NHS webpage on the vaccine.