The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and vaccinations are available from September to offer protection before flu starts circulating in winter.
Anyone can have the flu jab for around £10 and people most at risk of developing complications can get it free of charge.
Contact your local pharmacy for details or text ‘pharmacy flu’ and your postcode to 80011 to receive details of your three closest participating pharmacies who can administer the vaccination to anyone aged over 18.
Free flu jab
Certain groups of people are entitle to a free flu vaccination:
- young children (nasal spray for pre-school children and up to year 4)
- anyone with a long-term medical condition (aged six months or older)
- people with a learning disability
- pregnant women
- people living in a residential or nursing home
- informal or unpaid carers
- people aged 65 and over (who may also be eligible for a pneumonia vaccine – your GP surgery can provide more information)
If you’re entitled to a free flu jab this will be available at your GP surgery, most pharmacies or at school for those children in Reception to Year 4.
NSCP’s school nursing service will be visiting local schools to carry out the flu vaccination:
Flu vaccination calculator
Health and social care employers have a duty to protect their workforce from illness and reduce the risk of frontline workers spreading infection to patients, particularly those in vulnerable groups.
South Gloucestershire Council have developed a useful tool to estimate the savings that could be made by employers who achieve a good uptake of flu vaccine among their workforce.