Get your flu vaccine before flu season hits its peak

Flu is already starting to circulate in Manchester, so if you haven’t had your flu vaccination yet – don’t delay.

People aged 65 and over, as well as children and adults with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women are being urged to get their free vaccine in the next few weeks and ideally before Christmas.

Young children are super spreaders when it comes to flu, so it’s really important that you get children who are aged two and three booked in at your GP practice for their flu vaccine nasal spray as soon as possible. Especially if you’re going to be visiting friends and family over the holiday season as this can cause the virus to spread even faster.

Who can get the free flu jab?

  • 2 & 3 year olds – GP practice
  • Anyone with a long-term condition – GP Practice or local pharmacy
  • Carers – GP Practice or local pharmacy
  • Pregnant women – GP Practice or midwife
  • Homeless people – Homelessness Access Hubs
  • 65+ year olds – GP Practice or local pharmacy
  • School aged children – School Immunisation Service (IntraHealth)

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE, said: “The flu vaccine is the best defence we have against what can be a serious and fatal illness, and flu season is just around the corner”.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England national medical director, said: “Flu can be extremely serious and even kill in some cases, and getting vaccinated is the best protection against it. NHS services across England continue to work hard to prepare for the winter season, including staff getting their free flu jab, and now we’re appealing to the public to ‘Help Us, Help You’ by ensuring that they and their eligible children or relatives get vaccinated, now.”

To find out more, visit the flu vaccine page on the NHS website.

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