Residents who are eligible for the free flu vaccine are strongly encouraged to contact their GP practice or pharmacist now. For most people, flu is unpleasant but for some people, it is dangerous and can kill.
That’s why the vaccine is available for free for all pregnant women, people with long-term health conditions, everyone aged 65 and over, and, for people who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.
Pregnant women can get vaccinated at any stage of pregnancy. The flu vaccine is safe and helps to protect both mum and baby from complications that can be caused by flu.
If you have a long-term health condition, the effects of flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well-managed and you normally feel well.
If you have children aged between two and seven years old, don’t put off taking up their free flu vaccination this season. GPs are offering the vaccine as a nasal spray to all children aged two and three years old. The spray is very quick and painless – a spray in each nostril. It protects the children and helps to stop flu spreading in the local community. The spray is being offered to children in reception and school-years one, two and three through their school.
It is best to have the flu vaccination in the autumn before any outbreaks of flu.
Remember that you need it every year, so don’t assume you are protected because you had one last year.