Remember to get your flu jab

It’s that time of year again to remind anyone who’s elderly, who’s caring for someone who’s vulnerable or young children to have their flu vaccination.

As in previous years, the free flu vaccines are being offered to groups who are at particular risk of the virus.  Pregnant women, parents of children aged 2 and 3 years old, adults with underlying health conditions and young children are amongst the groups being encouraged to take up the offer of a free vaccination.

It’s really important that people eligible for their vaccination take this offer up.  Those who have had Flu will know how nasty and unpleasant it can be and for people with underlying health conditions it can be even more serious.

This year, children aged 2 and 3 will also receive the vaccine through their GP which comes in the form of a nasal spray. Pupils in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will also be given the vaccination spray in school but parents are reminded to make sure they have signed the consent form.

The flu vaccine really is the best defence against the spread of flu and the start of the flu season is always the best time to get vaccinated.  Please take up your offer of the vaccination and help us keep the flu away this winter.

You can find out more from your GP or your child’s school, or visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine

 

 

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