Flu jab 2019:

In the UK the flu vaccine is available each year from late September or early October onwards. The flu vaccine protects against the four main strains of the virus, which can change every year. It’s recommended to get a flu vaccine now as it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for a person to be protected against flu. Last year, more than 14 million adults and children in England were vaccinated against flu. This comes after Public Health England announced an improved flu vaccine being introduced this year and could save hundreds of lives.

The extra ingredient in the new flu jab is said to be more effective, particularly for the elderly.

NHS said: “Some community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults at risk of flu, including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers.

If you have your flu vaccine at a pharmacy, you do not have to inform a GP. It’s up to the pharmacist to do that.”

If a person falls into one of the clinical risk groups and are advised to have the flue jab on the NHS, they may be offered the jab free of charge.

Conditions for free jab include being registered with a GP in England or Wales, being aged 18 and over and you:

  • Are aged 65 or over
  • Are pregnant
  • Are a health or social care worker in a residential or a nursing home, hospice or with a home care provider
  • Are a resident of a nursing or residential home
  • Share a household with someone who has an impaired immune system
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) f 40 or more
  • Caring for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Aged 18 and over who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance
  • Aged 18 and over who are the main carer for an elderly or disable person
  • Have diabetes, lung disease, asthma, heart, kidney, or liver conditions, HIV, or have had a spleen removed
  • Any long-term neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Children aged from two to Year five in primary school

Make an appointment at your Doctor’s surgery today and don’t forget to tell your family, friends and neighbours.