Flu - don't get caught out!
If you are eligible for a FREE flu vaccination call us now on 01235 512288 to book your appointment.
This year, the following people are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination:
- People of 65 years of age or over
- Those with a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or a respiratory disease such as asthma or COPD
- Children aged two and three on 31st August 2017 - this is a nasal spray, not an injection. See below for more details
- People who live in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- People who receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if they fall ill
- Healthcare workers with direct patient contact, or social care workers. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you
Download the NHS leaflet The flu vaccination: who should have it and why.
Flu vaccinations for children
Children aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2017 - that is, children born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2015 are entitled to a free nasal spray vaccine at the Health Centre.
The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine.
It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.
The nasal spray flu vaccine is also for children aged 2 to 17 who are "at risk" from flu, such as children with long-term health conditions.
Read the NHS England leaflet Information for parents: Protecting your child against flu.
Pregnant? Why you should have the flu vaccination
It's recommended that all pregnant women have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're at. Read more about this on the NHS web page The flu jab in pregnancy.
Find out more
You can find more information about NHS flu vaccinations, your choices, and helpful advice on how to avoid flu on the NHS Choices Flu Vaccine page.
The NHS Choices also has a page about the children's flu vaccine (a nasal spray, not an injection).
There are links to various leaflets on the right of this page.
Appointments are available most afternoons
for those entitled to a free flu vaccination.
To check if you are eligible for a free vaccination or to book an appointment
call us on 01235 512288