Have you had your flu vaccination?

Release Date: 05 February 2020

It might be getting warmer – but the flu virus is still at large – and it’s not too late to receive the vaccination.

Residents are reminded that it is essential that the following people receive the free flu vaccination as soon as possible:

  • Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2019
  • Children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
  • Those aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Residential or nursing home residents
  • Those with long term medical conditions, including those who look after them – paid or unpaid

The vaccination is widely available at GPs and local pharmacies. If you visit your local pharmacist, you will likely be able to get the vaccine done on-the-spot and without having to book.

Children are ‘super spreaders’ of the flu and so the vaccination not only protects them from a potentially life-threatening illness, but also protects any vulnerable people they may encounter. The vaccine is a quick, painless nasal spray for children.

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead Member for Adult Social Services and Health, said:

“Whilst it is encouraged that you receive a flu vaccination before cold weather arrives, the vaccination is available all year round and it is never too late to get it done.

“The flu is an unpredictable virus that kills thousands every year. Please defend yourself and stay healthy and happy this year.”

Notes for editors

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Reference: P039/20

Updated: 27 February 2020