Get Your Flu Jab!

For most healthy peo­ple, flu is an unpleas­ant ill­ness that usu­ally lasts a week or so. How­ever, cer­tain peo­ple are more at risk from flu and for some it can lead to very seri­ous com­pli­ca­tions, even if they have been well before­hand. Those at risk are:

  • Over 65’s
  • Preg­nant women
  • At risk groups, which cover those with a long term con­di­tion (e.g. dia­betes), those with a weak­ened immune sys­tem (e.g. can­cer patients), heart dis­ease, chronic res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease, kid­ney dis­ease, liver dis­ease, chronic neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases such as Parkinson’s and peo­ple in long stay residential homes
  • Health and social care workers
  • Car­ers
  • Children aged two, three and four years (ie born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2013)
  • All children in school years one and two (ie born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2010)
  • Children with a health condition that puts them at risk of flu. These conditions include asthma, having lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, a heart condition, or a learning disability

Young children aged two, three and four will be offered a nasal spray vaccine to protect them against flu. The nasal spray contains viruses that have been weakened to prevent them from causing flu but will help your child to build up immunity.

For some children, the nasal spray is not suitable for medical reasons and it should not be given to children under the age of two. These children will be offered an injectable vaccine instead either at their school or through your GP. If your child is not offered the vaccine in their school, it is important that you contact your GP to arrange an appointment.

Further Information

Please click on the links below to read more information about the flu vaccination

If you or a loved one are eligible for the flu vaccine, don’t put it off, get it now.