Flu is an unpredictable virus that can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week.
It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk.
If you are at risk from the complications of flu you will receive an invitation from your GP practice to attend a flu clinic. This includes those with long term conditions such as severe asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart conditions, members of a shielding household, people over 65 years and pregnant women.
Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu.
If you are invited by your GP practice to attend a flu clinic it is important that you do so, the flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, however it will help protect you against flu, which is an unpleasant and potentially serious infection.
To maintain social distancing flu clinics will be delivered in different ways this year, to make sure patients and staff are kept safe. Your practice will let you know how they will be delivering flu clinics before your appointment.
If you’re aged 50 to 64 and don’t normally get a flu vaccine you may be offered one this year. This will be from December onwards, if you are in this group please wait to be contacted by your GP Practice or contact your local pharmacy. Flu vaccines will go to the most at risk first.
Carers and the Flu Vaccination
Flu can be easily spread (even if you are not showing symptoms) to those around you who are vulnerable and for whom you have caring responsibilities. If you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an older or disabled person you are eligible for the free flu vaccination. Ask your pharmacist or GP.
Dr Sarah Whiteman explains why it is so important for Carers to get vaccinated and how you can access a free flu vaccination as a carer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LUGu5b7HYc
Flu vaccinantion – Who needs it and why?
A number of local health professionals have created videos in various languages to explain the flu vaccination, who needs it and why. You find these linked below:
If you need an easy read version of the information above, you can download a leaflet and poster below.
If you need an audio version of the information above, you can download the files below:
Flu Vaccine, who should have it and why audio – Click here to download the audio file
Protect your child from flu audio – Click here to download the audio file
If you need BSL version of the information above, you can download the files below:
BSL – Dr Sarah Whiteman talks about the importance of getting your flu jab
If you need a large print version of the information above, you can download the files below
Large Print Protect_your_child_against_flu
Leaflets have also been created in various languages. You can find these below:
- Bengali PHE_Flu_Vaccination_12pp_A5_booklet_2020
- Gujarati PHE_Flu_Vaccination_12pp_A5_booklet_2020_0
- Polish PHE_Flu_Vaccination_12pp_A5_booklet_2020_0
- Romanian PHE_Flu_Vaccination_12pp_A5_booklet_2020
- Urdu PHE_Flu_Vaccination_12pp_A5_booklet_2020_0
Information for Parents and Carers
Various leaflets have been created in different languages for parents and carers explaining the flu vaccination for children. You can find these below:
- Bengali Protecting_Your_Child_Against_Flu_
- Childrens vaccination_Flu_5_reasons_poster_2020_2021
- Gujarati Protecting_Your_Child_Against_Flu_
- Paper-5.0 GB Action Tracker Part 1
- Polish Protecting_Your_Child_Against_Flu_
Vaccine Supplies – Why am I being asked to wait to have my flu vaccine?