Flu vaccination is free for those in certain groups and is available now!

Date published: 06/10/2016

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Some people think flu is just a bad cold, but it isn’t; flu is much worse than that. Symptoms start suddenly and can be severe - they usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, and often a cough and sore throat.

Most people who are fit and well recover fully from flu, but for some people flu can cause serious illnesses that can lead to needing hospital treatment. Flu spreads easily and causes many deaths every winter.

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Who can have the FREE seasonal flu vaccination?
The flu vaccine is available FREE on the NHS for people at greater risk from the effects of flu; these include:

  • Those aged 65 or over
  • Those with chronic medical conditions including heart or chest problems, asthma, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, neurological conditions, stroke (or mini stroke), or spleen problems;
  • People with lowered immunity due to either a medical condition or taking medication;
  • Those with a BMI of 40+;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Children aged two, three and four years and those in Reception Class and Years 1 and 2 and 3 in Primary School;
  • People living in a nursing or residential home;
  • Carers;
  • Community First Responders, and people working in voluntary organisations providing planned first aid, such as St John’s Ambulance.

The flu vaccination can be given by a GP or Pharmacist.

Those who are not in the above groups can get their flu vaccination from a pharmacist for the cost of around £10.

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