Does the Flu Vaccine work?
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Does a Flu Jab hurt?
The word “jab” is not a very good description of what happens! We’re very gentle and often people don’t feel anythoing, or at worst its a sharp scratch. The needle of the vaccine is pushed gently into the Deltoid muscle of the upper arm as this ensures minimum adverse reactions and best effectiveness of the vaccine itself.
Can I have it free?
People with one (or more) long term health condition
Individuals from 6 months of age who have a medical condition that increases their vulnerability to complications of influenza are routinely offered annual flu vaccination.
This includes people with:
– Chest problems (including moderate to severe asthma)
– Diabetes (including diet controlled)
– Heart problems
– Kidney disease
– Liver disease
– Neurological disease (including stroke and mini stroke)
– Suppressed immune system (maybe due to cancer treatment)
Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more: Morbidly obese adults are at increased risk of complications if they catch influenza so annual vaccine is recommended.
Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to severe complications of influenza and if caught during pregnancy may be associated with premature birth and smaller birth size and weight. See the Pregnancy & Flu Vaccine Guide
for more information.
Individuals aged 65 years or over: With increasing age comes increased vulnerability to the complications of influenza. In the 2017/18 flu season those aged 65 or above on 31 March 2018 can have a free flu vaccine (i.e. born on or before 31 March 1953).
People who live in a care home: Care home residents are amongst the most vulnerable to complications of influenza. Flu spreads easily in confined environments, and is a threat to the health of residents and staff.
Those who are an unpaid carer of a person whose health or welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Children: Flu vaccine is recommended for children from 6 months of age if they have one (or more) of the long term health conditions listed above.
Additionally, all children aged 2-8 years old (age on 31 August 2017) will be offered flu vaccine routinely this flu season (Autumn/Winter 2017-18).