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Protect yourself and your family from flu this winter

A man resting at home Published Thursday, 2nd January 2020

Flu is a virus which is easily spread by coughing and sneezing. It causes around 8,000 deaths on average, each year in England.

You can help to protect yourself and your family from flu by getting a flu jab.

The vaccine provides protection from the virus and is especially important for people 65 years and older, those with a serious illness and those caring for them.

Councillor John Smith, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Flu can be easily spread, especially during the winter months so it’s important to ensure you and your family are protected. I’d urge everyone to contact their GP or pharmacist to find out if you’re eligible for a free vaccine or find out where your local pharmacy is to go and receive one.”  

Some people get a flu jab each year because they are more at risk of severe illness and complications, and your GP or pharmacist can advise you on your eligibility.

It’s advisable to call before attending, to check vaccine availability.

Free flu jabs are also available to people who work in social care, such as social workers and care workers.  

Adults should have the flu vaccine if they:

  • are 65 years old or over
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions – visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/flu for a full list
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility 
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.

For more information, or to find your local pharmacy, visit the NHS Stay Well website or www.worcestershire.gov.uk/flu.