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Stay Well This Winter

Make sure you get your flu jab this winter

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

However, flu can be more severe in certain people. You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are:

 

It's known that flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. You could both get ill. All pregnant women should have the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their babies.

The flu vaccine can be given safely at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards. You can get the free flu jab from your GP, pharmacist or midwife.

Pregnant women benefit from the flu vaccine because it will:

  • Reduce the risk of serious complications such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • Help protect their baby, who will continue to have some immunity to flu during the first few months of his or her life
  • Reduce the chance of the mother passing the infection to her new baby
  • Reduce the risk of miscarriage or having a baby born too soon or with a low birthweight

If you have flu symptoms, you should talk to your doctor urgently. If you do have flu, there is a prescribed medicine that might help or reduce the risk of complications, but it needs to be taken as soon as possible after the symptoms appear.

The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby. It's free because you need it, however many months pregnant you are, and however fit and healthy you might feel.


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Flu can be more severe in people aged 65 or over. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia (a lung infection), and you could end up in hospital. Don't put it off – contact your GP or a pharmacist to get a flu vaccine now. It's free because you need it.

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Flu on top of any long term health condition can easily develop into something very serious, and you could end up in hospital. You are eligible for the free flu jab if you have the following conditions:

  • COPD, bronchitis, emphysema or asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Diabetes
  • Lowered immunity as a result of disease or medical treatment, such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • A neurological condition, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy, or a learning disability
  • A problem with your spleen, including sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A BMI of 40 or above (seriously overweight)

Don't put it off – contact your GP or pharmacist to get the flu jab now. It's free because you need it.

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Carers are people who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

The flu jab is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from flu.

The flu can be far more serious for the person you care for than you think. It can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and could even land them in hospital.

Don't put it off – contact your GP or pharmacist to get the flu jab now. It's free because you need it.

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Flu can be horrible for little children, and if they get it, they can easily spread it around the whole family.

Children with flu have the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, a stuffy nose, a dry cough, and a sore throat lasting up to a week.

Some children develop a very high fever or complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and a painful middle ear infection.

The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to protect them against flu.

Don't put it off – ask your GP about the free flu nasal spray for your child.

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Stay well this winter

The flu vaccination is an important, easy way to stay well this winter.

Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the flu vaccine.

To find out more about the flu vaccination please on this link please click here.

A flu jab 'frequently asked questions' document has also been produced.