When the weather is cold it is particularly important for certain groups of people to get their free flu vaccination. Flu can turn serious very quickly for high risk groups and in some extreme cases it can even be fatal.
You are eligible for a free vaccination if you are:
- Over 65
- Living with a health condition (particularly heart or lung disease)
- A child aged two, three and four, or in school years one, two and three.
- The main carer of an older or disabled person.
- A frontline health or social care worker
Children can receive their vaccination as a nasal spray instead of a needle injection. The nasal spray is quick, painless, and effective.
Adults can get the vaccine via their GP, or, alternatively, at many local pharmacies.
It is best to have the flu vaccination in the autumn before any outbreaks of flu. Remember that you need it every year, so don’t assume you are protected because you had one last year.
Dr Peter Christian, GP and Chair of Haringey CCG said: “Flu can be really nasty, particularly for certain groups of people. It spreads really quickly and changes every year and the flu jab is the best protection we have against this unpredictable virus. So please don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible get it now. It’s free because you need it.”
More information is available on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk/staywell
You will also find the following in the downloads section on this page:
- A leaflet which explains who should have the flu vaccination and why
- A poster which sets out 5 reasons why you should vaccinate your child against flu
- An EasyRead leaflet about flu for people with learning disabilities