Seasonal Flu vaccination
NHS Gloucestershire CCG launched its annual flu campaign, Flu Free in October 2016.
If you are in one of the at-risk groups, its really important that you take up the offer of your free flu vaccination as soon as possible. Find out more about who is at risk and take a few moments to watch our short video clips about the potential consequences of not having the vaccination below.
Adults aged 65 or over
If you’re 65 or over, you’re at higher risk of complications from flu such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Contact your GP surgery or community pharmacist and take up the offer of your free flu jab today.
Pregnant women and children aged 2 to 7
This year, the flu vaccine is being offered to children aged 2 to 7 via a nasal spray. It’s fast, easy and painless – no injections! Contact your GP surgery today to take up the offer and help protect your children this winter.
It is also vital that women who are pregnant are vaccinated against flu, as both mother and baby are at risk of serious complications, including premature birth and low birth rate. Speak to your GP or midwife about taking up the offer of your vaccination.
People with existing health conditions
If you have an existing health problem, you are at greater risk of developing complications from flu and making your condition worse. Contact your GP or a community pharmacist and get your free flu jab today.
You are eligible for a vaccination if you have problems such as:
- Respiratory conditions (e.g. Asthma, Emphysema,COPD)
- Heart, liver or kidney disease
- Neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease)
- A problem with your spleen eg sickle cell disease (or spleen removed)
- Those with a weakened immune system