Time to get your flu jab
Getting a vaccination against flu is the best way of protecting yourself and others from catching and spreading the flu virus.
Last year 72 people ended up in hospital Brighton & Hove due to flu. If more people, and particularly those who are eligible to get their free jab, take up the opportunity it can prevent extra strain on hospitals and avoid additional costs for the NHS.
Those most at risk can get a free flu jab
Those who could get seriously ill if they get flu and risk avoidable hospital admission can claim a free flu jab (or nasal spray for children) through your GP or from many local pharmacies. These include:
- All children aged two to ten on 31 August 2019 (this covers nurseries and Reception through school years 1-6)
- Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (eg asthma, diabetes)
- Pregnant women
- Those aged 65 years and over
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Health and social care staff who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people
Please encourage any friends, family or colleagues who may be in one of these groups to get the vaccination.
If you aren't eligible for a free flu jab
If you aren’t eligible to receive a free flu vaccination, you can still get one easily and inexpensively (between £9 and £20) from a local pharmacy offering the service or your GP surgery.