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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

At-risk groups

It is recommended that you have a flu jab if you fall into one or more of the following categories:

are 65 years old or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2019

All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu  season)have a serious medical condition (see below)

Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility. 

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

People with medical conditions

The flu vaccine is offered free to anyone who is over six months of age and has one of the following medical conditions:



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