Influenza is highly contagious, can be dangerous and we know that regular vaccination can help to protect us. As the flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains, even if you had the jab last winter, you will still need another one this year.
- Aged 65 years and over
- Living in a residential or nursing home
- carer of an older or disabled person
- Pregnant women
- Aged 6 months and over with thronic conditions such as asthma, chest or heart complaints, kidney disease, disabetes, neurological condition or suppressed immunity
- 2 and 3 year old children and those in school Year 7
Are there any side effects?
The seasonal flu jab does not usually cause side effects.
Flu immunisation cannot cause flu, as there is no live virus in a flu vaccine. However, people sometimes catch other flu-like viruses, or very occasionally catch flu before the vaccine takes effect.
Allergic reactions to the vaccine are very rare.
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