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"Just" the flu?

Each year the flu kills on average 11,000 people and hospitalises thousands more. There’s no just about it.

The flu virus spreads from person to person. Even amongst those not showing symptoms.

The flu vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you. It’s available for free to those most at risk.

Who is eligible for a flu vaccination this year?

  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2- 11 years old
  • Members of a shielding household
  • 65+ years olds
  • Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • Those with a long-term health condition such as:
    • a heart problem
    • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past)
    • a kidney disease
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
    • liver disease
    • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
    • diabetes
    • a neurological condition, e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
    • a learning disability
    • a problem with your spleen, e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
    • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

How do I get my free vaccination?

If you fall in to one of the categories above, your GP will contact you to arrange your vaccination appointment. If you haven't heard from your GP, or if you're not sure if you're eligible for the vaccination, please contact your GP or pharmacist.

Staying safe during covid-19

Your GP practice is taking precautions to ensure flu clinics are run safely and the risk of catching covid-19 is reduced. Practice staff will be wearing special equipment, called PPE, to keep you and them safe. You may also be asked to wear a face covering to your appointment. Please don't turn up to your practice without an appointment. When you attend your appointment, please follow the instructions given carefully - this will prevent the spread of covid.

 

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