Flu Campaign 2018

 

The flu vaccine is given as an annual injection to:

  • All adults over the age of 65 years.
  • All adults at risk of flu with underlying health conditions.
  • Children aged 6 months to 2 years at risk of flu.

The flu vaccine is also given as an annual nasal spray to:

  • Children aged 2 to 18 years at risk of flu (healthy children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are also eliglbe but at their school, NOT at Lion Health).
  • Healthy children aged 2 and 3 years old on 31st August 2018 (that is, those born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2016).

 

The flu jab does not cause you to get the flu!

Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting the flu. It won't stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary between people, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.

 

Flu jab side effects:

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the jab, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.

 

Is there anyone who shouldn't have the flu jab?:

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu jab in the past.