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Flu Vaccines Now In Stock, Are You Eligible?

Who should have a flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine is recommended and free of charge on the NHS to the following groups of people:
Individuals from 6 months of age with one (or more) long term health condition, including:
  • Chest problems (including moderate to severe asthma)
  • Diabetes (including diet controlled)
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Stroke or mini stroke
  • Suppressed immune system (maybe due to cancer treatment)
  • No spleen (or a spleen that doesn’t work very well)
Other people who should have a flu vaccine every year include:
  • Children aged 2 to 10 years of age visit Beat Flu - Children for more information
  • Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more (morbidly obese)
  • Pregnant women visit Pregnancy & Flu Vaccine Guide for more information  
  • Individuals aged 65 years or over (those aged 65 or above on 31 March 2019 can have a free flu vaccine i.e. born on or before 31 March 1954)
  • People who live in a care home
  • Carers of a person whose health or welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • People who work in an adult care home
Frontline healthcare workers, this includes people who provide frequent care on a voluntary basis, members of voluntary organisations providing planned emergency first aid and Community First Responders.

Flu myths busted!

There are stories and myths about flu and flu vaccinations - this is where we try to help bust them!
Myth 1: Flu isn't serious
Flu affects people differently; some will have the virus and have no symptoms but still be infectious, whereas for others it is a very serious condition, causing life threatening complications. The people most at risk of complications are the very young, pregnant women, the elderly and those with long term conditions. Public Health England estimate that around 8,000 people In England die from flu each year. See our Beat Flu - AdultsBeat Flu - Children & Beat Flu - Health & Social Care Workers pages for more information.
Myth 2: Flu vaccine doesn’t work
Annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against catching or spreading influenza. The vaccine usually prevents flu in 4 to 6 people in every 10 who have it. See our Beat Flu - AdultsBeat Flu - Children & Beat Flu - Health & Social Care Workers pages for more information.
Myth 3: Flu vaccines can give you flu
No, they can’t.
Flu injections do not contain any live virus and the nasal spray for children contains very weakened viruses so they cannot give you flu.
This short video will tell you more about the nasal spray - The nasal flu vaccine can give you flu...can't it?
Myth 5: I feel fine - I don’t need a flu vaccine
Even if you feel fine, if you are pregnant, aged 65 or over, or in one of the clinical risk groups you are at increased risk of being very ill if you catch flu.
You should get a flu vaccine to help make sure you stay well.
Frontline health and social care workers have a responsibility to protect those they care for. So if you work in health or social care directly with patients or clients, it is important you get your flu vaccine to protect them from flu - it could be serious for them.
Myth 6: I won’t spread flu because if I catch flu I will avoid people who are high risk 
Not everyone who catches flu is ill. Some people have no symptoms at all but can still pass the virus on.
Flu spreads very easily, that is why carers and frontline health and social care workers should have annual vaccination. 
In this video, Audrey and Elaine, a mother and daughter from Cardiff, talk about why it's important carers have a flu vaccine.
Myth 7: Flu doesn’t affect children
Yes it does. Every year children in Wales need treatment in Intensive Care units because of flu. Watch this short video - Flu doesn't affect children...does it?
See our Beat Flu - Children pages for more information.

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