Having the flu could really put a damper on your Christmas, so if you’re eligible make sure you get your free flu vaccine to protect you from catching a nasty bug this festive season.
Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition like COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease or if you have suffered a stroke.
On top of health conditions like these, flu can easily develop into something very serious and could land you in hospital. If you are over 65 or have a long-term health condition you are eligible for a free flu jab through your GP or pharmacist.
Pregnant women, children aged 2 and 3 as well as school children from reception class through to year 4 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. 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 2 or 3, get them vaccinated against flu with the free nasal spray flu vaccine from your GP.
The flu jab is the safest way to protect against flu 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.
Find your nearest pharmacy at the Stay Well This Winter website.