Protect your child against flu this winter - get them vaccinated
The Community Immunisation Team will be holding catch up clinics in November and December for children in school years 1,2 and 3 who were either absent at their school flu vaccine session or did not return a consent form.
Find out more about protecting your child against flu.
Get winter protection with a free flu jab
Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be a really serious illness for some.Those who are recommended to have the flu vaccine includes:
- Everyone aged 65 and over
- Everyone under 65 years of age who has a medical condition (e.g. diabetes, asthma, heart problems), including children and babies over six months of age
- All pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
- All two-,three- and four-year-old children, including all children in reception years (the vaccine is usually given at your general practice)
- All children in school years 1,2 and 3 (the vaccine will be provided at school through the Community Immunisation Team)
- Everyone living in a residential or nursing home
- Everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
- Household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
- All frontline health and social care workers
Getting the jab
Even if you had a flu jab last winter you will need another one this year as the vaccine is changed annually to fight the latest strains of flu.
Read the 2016/17 Flu Vaccination Guidelines. This has full details on who should have the jab and why.
For advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
You can get the jab from:
- Your GP
- Some local pharmacies
- If you are pregnant: From your midwife when you go for your 12-week or 20-week check at St George's Hospital
- The Community Immunisation Team (for children in school years 1,2 or 3)
The jab will help protect you and your family from flu.
- The flu jab can't give you flu.
- The flu jab is perfectly safe.
- The flu jab protects against H1N1 virus – the strain of flu that caused the "swine flu" pandemic in 2009.
- The flu virus changes, so you need a flu jab every year.
- If you're pregnant, the flu jab doesn't harm your unborn baby. In fact it can protect your baby from flu for the first few months of life. More about the flu jab in pregnancy
- The flu jab isn't just for older people - pregnant women, those with health conditions, carers, and those with weakened immunity should all get the jab.
- The flu jab protects people of all ages.
- Flu isn't just a cold, it can be a really serious illness.
- More on flu and the flu vaccine.