The flu and you

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Published 17 September 2018

It may still feel warm outside but now’s the time to start thinking about preparing for winter – and where better to start than getting a flu jab. If you are not sure whether or not you should have one the NHS and Public Health England have put together a really helpful guide that tells you all you need to know.

You can download the leaflet here.

A more effective flu vaccine has been developed for those aged 65 and over this winter which has the potential to prevent deaths and significantly reduce the burden on the NHS.

The newly available ‘adjuvanted’ vaccine is expected to significantly boost effectiveness by improving the body’s immune response to the vaccine. This is important because typically older adults’ bodies do not respond as well to the flu vaccine due to their naturally weaker immune systems. Older adults are also more likely to suffer complications from flu.

The broader flu vaccination programme will also be improved by offering eligible adults under 65, including pregnant women and those with long term health conditions a ‘quadrivalent’ vaccine in injected form, which  protects against two strains of flu A and two strains of flu B. Last year, adults either received the trivalent or quadrivalent vaccine.

Public Health England is in particular encouraging pregnant women; no matter how many weeks along they are, to get their vaccine from their GP, pharmacist or midwife this winter to protect them and their baby. Last year vaccine uptake was 47% in women who were expecting.

The flu vaccine will be available from early October. 

Eligible adults are encouraged to get their free vaccine from their local general practice or pharmacy before the end of November to protect themselves and their families before flu reaches its seasonal peak. It is the single best way to protect against a potentially very serious illness. 

As well as getting the vaccine, practising good hand hygiene by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and washing your hands after can help limit its spread – catch it, bin it, kill it. 

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