Cold weather and the flu virus can be seriously bad for our health. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly. There are however things you can do to keep you and your family well this winter.
Flu vaccination is a key part of the national Stay Well This Winter campaign encouraging the at-risk groups to get vaccinated and ward off common winter illnesses.
Stay Well This Winter is encouraging pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. If you care for an older or disabled people you are also eligible for the vaccine as it’s the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu.
The campaign also targets parents of children aged 2 – 3 and school children from reception class through to year 4 to have their children vaccinated with the free nasal spray vaccine.
The flu vaccine for eligible children from 2 to 8 years old is just a quick and easy nasal spray. For children aged 2 and 3 their nasal spray vaccine is available through their GP. School children from reception class through to year 4 will get their nasal spray through their school.
These people are at particular risk from flu and the flu vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus.
If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it. Speak to your GP or pharmacist to book yours.
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