The flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and vaccinations are usually available from September to offer protection before flu starts circulating in winter.
Anyone can have the flu jab for around £13 and people most at risk of developing complications can get it free of charge.
Free flu jab
Certain groups of people are entitled to a free flu vaccination:
- all children aged two to ten (but not 11 years or older) on 31 August 2019
- 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)
- frontline health care workers
If you’re an adult and entitled to a free flu jab this will be available at your GP surgery and most local pharmacies. The vaccination programme for pre-school children is provided by GPs. The school nursing service provide the programme for children at primary school.
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.