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Flu

Are you pregnant?

If you are pregnant these tips may be useful to help you stay well over winter:

  • The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu.
  • The flu jab is free if you are pregnant.
  • Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. You may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill as a result of flu.
  • Flu immunisation can take place however many months pregnant you are and however fit and healthy you might feel.

Do you have a child aged 2-3?

  • For children aged 2-3, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.
  • Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family.
  • Children who get flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.
  • The flu vaccine can help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading to others.

Who else  is eligible?

The flu jab is also free for people who are aged over 65, or have a long term condition, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person.  Young children or grandchildren may also eligible for a free flu jab.  If you have any questions, speak to your GP, pharmacist or health visitor.