Still time to get your flu jab - Public Health Dorset

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Still time to get your flu jab

It may be a new year but there’s still a chance of getting flu.

We at Public Health Dorset are urging eligible residents to get their flu jab if they have not done so already.

The number of 2 -3 year olds getting their free flu vaccine is lower than usual in the south west so parents are reminded if they have a child of this age to get them protected from flu.

People are eligible for a free flu jab if they are:

  • aged 65 years old or over   
  • pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions 
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility 
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if that person falls ill 

Cllr Lesley Dedman, BCP Council Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health said: “We are still in flu season so it isn’t too late to get your flu jab. It is important to keep yourself and loved ones protected from flu.

“It only takes a few minutes to have your vaccine and it helps stop the risk of you catching flu, as well as spreading it to others. Make sure you book an appointment to have your flu jab if you haven’t done so.

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “The flu season lasts until March so there is still plenty of time for residents to get flu. Getting flu is very unpleasant and much worse than getting a cold.

“Give yourself and others the best chance of being protected from suffering from flu and book your appointment as soon as possible.”

To book a flu vaccine contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife.

For more information about the flu vaccine visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

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