Protect yourself – and your children – against the flu.
People in at risk groups in Plymouth are encouraged to get their flu jabs to protect them against seasonal flu.
It is really important that all those who are eligible get the flu jab. If you are pregnant the jab will protect you and your baby. Don’t forget, children aged two, three, and four are now protected by the nasal spray.
People with long term or chronic health conditions are also strongly advised to have the flu jab – if you have a long term condition the illness could be more severe.
Even a mild infection can be pretty unpleasant and knock you out for a few days. A severe case could lead to complications, hospitalisation or even, in some cases, death.
You are eligible for a flu jab if you are in the following groups:
- Those aged 65 and over
- Those aged six months to under 65 in clinical risk groups (with a long-term health condition)
- Pregnant women
- All 2, 3, and 4 year olds
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
Those with the following long-term health conditions are also eligible:
- a heart problem
- a long-term chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including severe asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema
- kidney or liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s
- a problem with their spleen, such as sickle cell disease, or have had their spleen removed
- a severe learning disability
Anyone who is unsure if they are eligible for a free vaccination should ask their GP.