Think you might be immune from flu?
Lots of people don't get their flu vaccine as they think they won't catch it - maybe as they've managed to avoid the flu in previous years.
Unfortunately, this might not work! The flu virus changes every year so if you're exposed to it you might develop the illness.
The best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine and many people can get it free on the NHS.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccine if:
- You're pregnant
- You're aged 65 or over
- You are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
- You have a long term health condition such as asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, or a condition which suppresses your immune system
Check with your GP or pharmacist to find out if you qualify.
All children aged 2-3 years are also eligible for a free vaccine, given via a painless nasal spray.
All school children from Reception - Yr 5 will also be eligible for a free nose spray flu vaccine.
Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from catching flu. It's also important to wash your hands regularly and to throw away used tissues quickly to avoid spreading the virus.
This year there is a special vaccine for the over 65s which gives an extra boost to the immune system. It's being delivered to GPs and pharmacies in phases so don't worry if you can't get an immediate appointment - so long as you are vaccinated before the flu starts to spread (it usually peaks around Christmas and into January).