The NHS and Public health England (PHA) have launched a seasonal flu campaign, to encourage people particularly vulnerable and elderly to get a flu jab.
People who are at particular risk from flu including people with underlying health conditions, learning disabilities and adults aged 65 years old and over are being encouraged to get the free flu vaccination. The vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu vaccine is free to eligible groups – because they really need it.
Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have a learning disability or an underlying health condition such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes; if you have heart, kidney or liver disease; if you have a chronic neurological condition like cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s; or if you have Alzheimer’s or had a stroke. Flu on top of health conditions like these increases your chance of serious health complications and a hospital visit.
Adults aged 65 years old and over are more vulnerable and may suffer more than most people if they catch flu. This year a more effective vaccine is being given to those aged 65 and over, which is proven to give better protection against flu for people of this age.
Other people who are eligible for the free flu vaccine include residents of long-stay care homes pregnant women, children aged 2 and 3, as well as pupils in reception class and school years 1 to 5.
And if you are the main carer of an older or disabled person, you may also be eligible for the free flu vaccine – speak to your GP.
If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now. Contact your general practice or pharmacist to get it.
Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information.