It is recommended if you are interested in a flu jab this October to book now as supplies for the Flu Vaccine may be limited. Booking now will help us secure supplies for your jab this winter. Each year in the UK around 600 people die of flu, up to 13,000 die in an epidemic. Each flu vaccine contains several different kinds of the virus, and protects against versions of the flu that the strand carries.
People who should especially consider getting vaccinated each year are at risk groups such as:
- Pregnant women – pregnancy can increase your risk for flu complications such as pneumonia.
- People 65 years or older.
- People who live in nursing homes.
- Anyone over six months of age with chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma, a long-term kidney or liver disease, diabetes or with any condition that weakens the immune system.
- Anyone with lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment).
- Any person in close contact with someone in a high-risk group, such as the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.
- A neurological condition eg. multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy.
- A problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell disease, or if you’ve had your spleen removed.
- People who work in certain professions such as poultry workers.