Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
•anyone aged 65 and over
•children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
•children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
•children aged 2 and 3 (offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray)
•children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray – Please check with the child’s school as some schools will be offering these)
•children aged 2 to 17 years at risk of flu (offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray )
Flu Age Group and Availability-
•a live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu), given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine – Available October 2019
•a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine –Available October 2019
•an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over – Available from Monday 23rd September 2019
Please call the surgery and book the appointment.