There’s still time to protect your family against flu this winter

There’s so much going on at this time of year, thoughts of flu and booking in for a vaccine are, not surprisingly, probably far from your mind.

However, flu is a serious illness and certain groups of people are more vulnerable to developing potentially dangerous complications if they catch the flu. The most sensible way to avoid getting ill in the first place is to have a flu vaccine.

Certain groups of people are entitled to a free flu jab:

  • Adults aged 65 and over
  • People with certain medical conditions including heart disease and respiratory conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2 and 3
  • Primary school children up to Year 6
  • Carers – both professional care workers those who may be the primary carer for a family member or friend.

To get yours, all you have to do is book an appointment with your GP.

There have been some delays with distributing supplies of the nasal spray vaccine for children so some people may have had issues booking an appointment for their child. New supplies are being distributed regularly so please keep trying if you haven’t been able to book an appointment yet with your GP.

Even if you don’t qualify for a free flu jab, for a small charge you can get one at your GP surgery or local pharmacy.

The flu season runs right through to March so it’s not too late to get your flu jab to keep you and your family healthy and safe this winter.

For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/flu

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