Flu season is approaching – get your flu jab now
The clocks have gone back which means winter is on its way. And with winter comes flu. On average, flu kills around 8,000 people a year in England. Getting a flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself and others against the flu.
You can have your flu jab at your GP surgery or local pharmacy and for those who are most at risk of suffering serious consequences if they catch the flu, the vaccination is free – it’s free because you need it.
People who are eligible for a free flu vaccination include:
- Adults aged 65 and over
- Adults aged 18-64 with long-term conditions such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease
or those who have had a stroke
- Pregnant women
- Children aged 2-3 years
- Children in school years: reception, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- Health and social care workers.
Get your flu vaccination from your GP practice, or pharmacy before the end of November 2018 to help protect you and those around you this winter.
Flu is a highly infectious illness characterised by a fever, chills, headache, aching muscles and joint paint and fatigue. For most healthy people, flu symptoms can make you feel exhausted and unwell so that you have to stay in bed and rest until you get better.
If you think you may have the flu, stay at home and rest until you feel better. Call NHS 111 if you have an underlying health condition or feel really unwell.