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It’s never too early to start thinking about this years flu season. Over time new flu strains evolve which means last years flu jab may not protect you from this year’s strain. That’s why it is important to have the flu jab every year to protect you and those around you.
Highly contagious, the flu can quickly spread among individuals, especially in densely populated environments such as schools and residential care facilities.
Protect you, your family and friends this winter with a flu jab.
Private flu jab
If you are not eligible for a free NHS vaccination our private flu jab service is available for £16.99.
Am I eligible for a free NHS flu jab?
Check below to see if you are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination. Please be aware that this list is not comprehensive, as there may be additional eligible groups and age categories that can receive a free flu shot through their general practitioner (GP).
- Age 65+ years (including those turning 65 years on or before 31st March 2024)
- Pregnant women (18+ years)
- Age 18+ years with any of the following conditions:
– Asthma (treated with a preventer inhaler) / COPD or any other long-term lung condition
– A long-term heart condition
– Kidney or liver disease
– A neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or MS
– A learning disability
– A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more (severely overweight)
– Problems with your spleen like sickle cell disease, or if you’ve had your spleen removed
– A weakened immune system (or are in close contact with someone who has a weakened immune system) due to a medical condition such as HIV, medication or treatment (e.g. cancer chemotherapy)
- Age 18+ years and:
– A carer in receipt of carer’s allowance, or the main carer of an older or disabled person
– A frontline healthcare worker in social care or a hospice that does not have an employer-led occupational health flu vaccination scheme
– Living in long-stay residential care
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Forest of Dean
What are the flu symptoms?
The symptoms of the flu can vary in severity and may include:
- Sudden fever of 37.8°C (100°F) or higher
- Dry or chesty cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle and body aches
- Vomiting or diarrhoea (more common in children)
Typically, symptoms begin with a cough or sneeze, leading to the spread of small droplets containing the virus. These droplets can either be inhaled by others or settle onto surfaces that may be touched. Even individuals with minor or no symptoms can still transmit the infection to others.
In severe cases, the flu can lead to complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and worsening of underlying health conditions. High-risk individuals, including the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and individuals with certain chronic health conditions, are more susceptible to severe flu symptoms and complications.
Preventive measures, such as getting an annual flu vaccine, practicing good hygiene (like washing hands frequently), and avoiding close contact with sick individuals, can help reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the flu.