We offer the seasonal flu vaccination ‘the flu jab’ every year.
Flu can be unpleasant for anyone but for someone who is otherwise healthy it usually clears up within a week. For people in certain groups however it can be more serious. For these people the flu jab is available free of charge.
The flu vaccination is given by injection to most people but to children it can be given via a nasal spray.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccination if –
- You are pregnant
- Are aged 65 years or over, or children aged 2, 3 or 4 on 1st September 2014
- You live in a residential home or long stay care facility
- You receive a carers allowance or care for someone who is elderly or disabled whose health might be put a risk if you catch flu
- You are a health or social care worker
Or if you suffer with –
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- A problem with your spleen, such as sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- Chronic neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease
- Have a condition that leads to suppression of the immune system such as HIV/AIDS, or as a result of medication such as a chemotherapy
Each year we run dedicated clinics for people in the above groups to have their flu jab. The dates of these are made available on our website.