Protect yourself and your family from flu
Have you had your flu jab? If you have a long term health condition, now is the time to have your free vaccination.
Knowsley Council’s Public Health team is appealing to all those ‘at risk’ groups to protect themselves this winter by getting vaccinated.
A nasal spray vaccine is offered to two and three year old children and under-16s in ‘at risk’ groups. Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 also receive the spray in school in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.
Free vaccinations are offered to people aged 65 years or over, all pregnant women, people with long-term medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, severe asthma, bronchitis, liver and kidney disease and those who are morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above). This year sees the introduction of a new, more effective vaccine for the over 65s.
People with weakened immune systems and their household contacts, residents in long stay residential care homes and people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person, can also benefit from free vaccinations. You will need to speak to you GP to make an appointment or ask a pharmacist.
Flu vaccinations are also available free for health and social care workers, this not only protects them but those they are caring for. Workers will need to take identification along to a local pharmacist or contact their GP.
For more information about flu vaccinations visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/