Are you protected this winter?
People, who are at greater risk of suffering from flu, are urged to get vaccinated.
A flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:
- Pregnant women
- Children aged two to four
- Children aged 6 months - 18 years with a long-term health condition (as an injection for children aged 6 months to 2 years; as a nasal spray for children aged 2 to 18 years)
- Adults aged 65 or older
- People with a serious medical condition
- Healthcare workers or carers
- People living in a residential or nursing home
Older people, pregnant women, young children and people with on-going health conditions are considered more vulnerable to the effects of the flu virus and are therefore more likely to become seriously ill, develop complications or require hospital admission if they catch it.
Carers are also an important group to protect, as they look after some of the most vulnerable people in our community. In order to protect themselves and those they care for, it’s vital that they come forward and take up the offer of vaccination too.
Muriel Scott, Director of Public Health, said “It is very important that people in these groups get vaccinated early in the flu season so they are protected before flu starts to circulate. Seasonal flu is not the same as getting a cold - it can seriously affect your health.”
Many practices will have organised special flu vaccination clinics. Details of when these are and how to book can often be found on practices’ web sites.
More information about seasonal flu and eligibility for the vaccination can be found here.