As winter approaches, it’s now time to protect yourselves and your families, and get flu safe with a free flu jab.
Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be a really serious illness for some. Those at greater risk from flu include:
- people aged 65 or over
- pregnant women
- people with serious medical conditions like severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes.
- children aged 2-4 years (given as a spray in each nostril; a quick, effective and painless alternative to the injection).
If you’re in any of the ’at risk’ groups, the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes. People who are carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a free jab to protect themselves and those around them.
Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment or visit a local pharmacy to get your jab.
Alternatively, if you are pregnant and registered with a Greenwich GP, your midwife can vaccinate you when you go to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich for your 12-week or 20-week antenatal check.
The best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from the start of October to early November, so it’s good to get in early and get flu safe in time for the winter.
The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe. The jab doesn’t contain the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu.
For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell