Having flu is horrible at the best of times, but did you know it can lead to serious complications like bronchitis and pneumonia? Well, it can, and trust us – you definitely don’t want that. Add to that the risk of COVID and well…
Speak to your pharmacist or GP about getting vaccinated against flu this season. If you’re fit and healthy, you may have to pay a small fee to get the vaccine, but trust us, it’s worth it. Not only will you help to protect yourself from the virus, but if you’re flu free you’ll avoid passing the virus on to people who might be more at risk from complications, such as older people, kids, and people with long-term medical conditions.
Encourage your friends and family to get the vaccine too. This year, the flu vaccine is free to people who:
- are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in a long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- frontline health or social care workers
The children being offered the vaccine this year are:
- all children aged 2 or 3 years old on 31 August 2021
- all primary school-aged children
- all year 7 to year 11 secondary school-aged children
- children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu
Children aged 2 and 3 years will be given the vaccination at their general practice usually by the practice nurse. School-aged children and young people will be offered the flu vaccine in school. For most children, the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure.
And if you’ve still not had your COVID-19 vaccine, or you want some more information on the winter booster, head over to our COVID-19 vaccination site to find out more.