Flu - Vaccination information 2018
Are you aged 65 or over or have a long-term health condition? Then you might be eligible for a free flu vaccination.
If you're working in the care sector, including Personal Assistants hired by residents, you can also have a flu jab.
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.
This winter, people aged 65 and over are being offered a flu vaccine called Fluad®. This is the best vaccine currently available for people in this age group because it contains an adjuvant that helps the immune system create a stronger response to the vaccine. Fluad® is expected to provide better protection for older people and result in fewer hospitalisations and GP consultations from flu this winter.
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 residents 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 www.londonflu.co.uk 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".
- Information about the flu or Influenza on People First
- Winter 2018/19 Flu vaccination leaflet from NHS and PHE
- Flu vaccination information on the NHS website
- Public Health England useful information about the flu vaccine for the over 65s