Free flu vaccination information

If you are aged 65 or over or have a long-term health condition, you might be eligible for a free flu vaccination.

Staff working in the care sector can also have a flu jab, including Personal Assistants hired by residents.

If you are eligible, you are urged to get it straight away to counter the new strain of flu - A(H3N2) - known as Aussie flu which has already been blamed for deaths in the Republic of Ireland. 

What is flu?

Flu is a viral infection of the nose, mouth, throat and lungs. It causes fever, cough, headache, tiredness and muscle and joint pain. It is easily transmitted by coughing and sneezing.

For those over 65 years and people with underlying medical conditions there is an increased risk of serious complications.

It's recommended that you have a flu vaccine every year to protect yourself. The vaccine provides the best protection available against flu.

When and where can you get the vaccination?

The flu jab is free on the NHS for everyone aged 65 and over and available from your GP. You can also get a free flu vaccination if you're the main carer of an older or disabled person. Some pharmacies also offer flu vaccines.

The best time to have the vaccination is in October to early November, so don't put it off.  The flu jab is free for everyone who is at increased risk.

To get the vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist, or visit NHS Choices

Staff working in the care sector

Personal Assistants and paid carers employed directly by disabled people who fall into the category of:

"those who help care for someone whose welfare may be at risk - due to old age, frailty, disability, physical or mental ill health or substance misuse who might not get by without their help if they fell ill"

may also have the free flu jab.

Book via where you can find a local pharmacy and book an appointment. Please inform the pharmacy that you wish to have your flu jab under the "carer under the London Influenza Programme".

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