Free flu jab for residents in Royal Borough of Greenwich
16th October 2018
As winter approaches, it is now time for those at risk of flu to protect themselves and their families, and get flu safe with a free flu jab.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich in partnership with the Greenwich CCG, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich Trust, are encouraging everyone in the borough who knows someone who may be ‘at risk’ from flu to tell them how important it is that they get protected.
It’s free because you need it
Flu is not the same as a common cold, and is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke. Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious and could land you in hospital. People with these and other long-term health conditions are eligible for a free flu jab through their GP or pharmacist.
Free nasal spray flu vaccine for children – a quick, effective and painless alternative to the injection
Pregnant women, children aged two and three as well as school children from reception class through to year 5 are also eligible for the free flu vaccine. For eligible children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.
Flu can be horrible for little children, and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family. Children who get the flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment. The flu vaccine can help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading to others.
If you have a child aged two or three, get them vaccinated against flu with the free nasal spray flu vaccine from your GP. School children from reception class through to year five will get their vaccinations through their school.
The safest way to protect you and your baby
Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby, pregnant women who get the flu may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill. The flu jab is the safest way to protect you and your baby against flu and you can have it at any stage of pregnancy, however fit and healthy you might feel.
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 the get the flu jab. Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for more information.
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