Spread the word - Not the flu!

Don’t put off the flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it.

The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu. It reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

The Stay Well This Winter flu campaign will run across England encouraging parents of children aged 2 – 3 and school children from reception class through to year 5 to have their children vaccinated with the free nasal spray vaccine.

The campaign also targets pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. These people are at particular risk from flu and the flu vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu jab is free for pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions. If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab.


Am I eligible for a free flu vaccination?

If you fall into one of the following categories you may be eligible for a free flu vaccination:

  • Everyone aged 65 and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2019)
  • Everyone aged from six months to under 65 years of age in a clinical at risk group listed on Page 4 of Who should have the flu vaccination and why?”
  • All pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • Everyone living in a long-stay residential care home
  • All children aged two and three years old on 31 August 2018 and those in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Everyone who is in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who is the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline Health & Social Care workers with direct patient/resident care including hospice workers

Speak to your local pharmacist or NHS 111 for more information.

What if I'm not eligible for a free flu vaccination?

If you do not fall into one of the eligible categories, you can still get a flu vaccination for a small fee. You can get these at most pharmacies in Suffolk.

 

 

Who should have the flu vaccination and why?

Information for parents

All About Flu

 

 Dr. Badrinath from Public Health Suffolk talks flu