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Flu vaccination


Don't forget to have your annual flu vaccination

Residents who are most vulnerable to flu are encouraged to have their free NHS flu vaccination each year, not only to help protect themselves, but also those around them.  The annual one-off vaccination changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had one last year, you’ll need another one this year to ensure you’re flu safe.  It’s quick and easy to do at your GP practice or local participating pharmacy.

Eligible groups

You’re eligible for a free flu vaccination, if you’re:
  • 65 years or over (including those turning 65 by 31 March)
  • Pregnant
  • Living with certain medical conditions
  • Residing in a long stay residential care home or other care facility
  • Receiving a carer's allowance or are the main carer for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
     

Children

The flu vaccine is also free for children:

  • Over 6 months old with a long term health condition
  • Aged 2 and 3 years old by 31 August 2019
  • Attending primary school

For most children, the flu vaccine is a quick nasal spray instead of an injection.

To find out more about who should have the flu vaccination, visit the NHS website.

Health and social care staff

If you're employed in the health and social care sector, check what flu vaccination arrangements are in place with your employer.

If you're employed by a registered domiciliary care provider or residential care / nursing home and provide direct care to vulnerable people, who would be at increased risk if exposed to flu, then you can receive the vaccine for free in 2019/20.  You can get your vaccination from any participating community pharmacy or from your GP practice.  Please remember to call in advance to check if you need to book an appointment and take along proof of employment, such as an ID badge or payslip.

Community pharmacies

A number of pharmacies in Herefordshire offer the free NHS vaccine to eligible groups, including health and social care staff.  Please remember to check with them in advance, before you visit.
Find your nearest community pharmacy on Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) website.

Pay for your own flu vaccination

If you're not in any of the above mentioned eligible groups, you can still have a flu vaccination and pay for it yourself.  There's a number of community pharmacies within the county which provide this service, which costs approximately £5 to £14, depending on the pharmacy.

Find your nearest participating pharmacy on the CCG's website.
Did you know....Up to 77% of people with flu have no symptoms, so you could be spreading the disease to your family, friends and colleagues without even knowing it!