Are you eligible for a flu jab this year?
25 September 2015
The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to protect vulnerable adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
It is recommended that those who are aged 65 and over, women who are pregnant, children and adults with an underlying health condition and those with a weakened immune system receive the flu vaccine.
The flu vaccination is given free on the NHS as an annual injection to:
- adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
- children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
The flu vaccine is the ‘best protection’ we have available against an unpredictable virus that can cause severe illness and death among at-risk groups. It won’t stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary between people, however if you do get flu after the vaccination, it is likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would have otherwise been.
New flu vaccines are produced every year because flu strains often change. This is why vulnerable individuals are advised to get the jab each year.
You can have your NHS flu jab at your GP surgery or a local pharmacy offering the service.
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