It's not too late to get a flu jab
Getting a vaccination against flu is the best way of protecting yourself and others from catching and spreading the virus. This year the vaccine is a good match with the strains of flu circulating, so if you are vaccinated you are well protected.
It’s not too late to get the flu jab but you need to act quickly for it to be effective. Last year peak flu season was mid February and it can go as late as March or even April.
Those most at risk can get a free flu jab
Those who could get seriously ill if they get flu can get a free jab (or nasal spray for children) through your GP or from many local pharmacies.
- All children aged two to ten on 31 August 2019 (this covers nurseries and school years reception to 6)
- Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (eg asthma, diabetes)
- Pregnant women
- Those aged 65 years and over
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Health and social care staff who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people
Please encourage any friends, family or colleagues who may be in one of these groups to get the vaccination.
It's easy to get a flu jab
If you aren’t eligible to receive a free flu vaccination, you can still get one easily and inexpensively (between £9 and £20) from a local pharmacy offering the service or from your GP surgery.
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A vaccination against flu is the best way of protecting yourself and others from catching and spreading the flu virus, and for many people it's free.