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
- 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.
Please click on the links below to read more information about the flu vaccination
- The 2015/16 Flu Vaccination – Information Leaflet
- Protecting Your Child Against Flu — Information for Parents
- 10 myths about flu – NHS Choices
If you or a loved one are eligible for the flu vaccine, don’t put it off, get it now.