The seasonal flu vaccination programme is now well underway. We encourage eligible people to take up the offer to protect themselves and get the free flu vaccination this year.
Last year thousands of people ended up in hospital due to flu. That’s why this year’s flu vaccine is so important if you have an existing health condition, are pregnant, are over 65 or work in healthcare.
Children from the age of two years until the end of primary school are also offered the flu vaccine. We urge parents to help protect your own child against the virus and reduce the spread of infection to others.
Flu is very infectious. The vaccine is the best available protection against the virus. It’s very safe, only takes a few minutes and will last around a year. Some people are at greater risk from the effects of flu and should get the vaccine.
How can you get your vaccine this year?
• Children at primary schools will be offered the vaccination at school. Consent forms will be sent home in advance.
• Children ages two to five and not yet in school can get their vaccination from GP practices.
• Are you eligible because of health conditions, a pregnant woman, or aged 65 and over? You can get your vaccination from your GP practice.
We are urging everyone eligible for this year’s flu vaccination to act now. Get ready, or get your child ready, to fight flu this winter. Get serious about flu.