Fight the flu with free vaccination

Protect yourself against the flu this winter by taking up a free vaccination from your GP or pharmacist.

Flu can be serious and even deadly for older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions. The vaccine is the best way for those groups to guard against the highly-infectious virus.

Residents eligible for a free vaccination include:

  • Anyone with a serious long-term health condition such as bronchitis and chronic heart disease
  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • Those living in a residential or nursing home
  • The main carer of an older or disabled person
  • Children aged two or three (on 31 August 2019) and all primary school-aged children 

Cllr Sarah Addenbrooke, Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, is among those to have already received the immunisation and she is encouraging others to follow her example.

She said: “The flu vaccine is free because eligible groups really need it and I encourage everyone who is eligible to take up the opportunity as soon as possible.

“Vaccination is quick, easy, safe and offers the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus.”

If you or your child are in an eligible group, your GP or pharmacist will offer you one of these vaccines based on the recommendations for your age.

Flu is serious and is different to the common cold. Symptoms include a high temperature, body aches and fatigue.