Milton Keynes City Council is encouraging residents to get their flu vaccination this winter.
Getting vaccinated reduces the chance of catching flu and spreading it to friends, family and others, who may be at more risk.
Flu can be unpleasant, but for most it will clear up in a week or two. For others, it can be more severe including those aged over 65, pregnant women, young children and adults with an underlying health condition and people with weakened immune systems.
Several types of flu vaccine are offered, including the Fluenz nasal spray for children. If you're eligible for a free flu vaccine on the NHS, you'll be contacted and offered one that's most appropriate for you.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your GP or a health professional.
“The flu vaccine helps to keep you and your loved ones safe from flu and I would urge anyone who is thinking about it to go ahead. The vaccine is safe, effective and only takes a few minutes. Even if you are not eligible for a free vaccine, you can contact your local pharmacy and pay for one.” - Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities
“If you are contacted directly by the NHS, please get vaccinated. The best time to get your flu vaccine is now, before flu starts circulating. It’s safe and it will reduce your risk of catching flu or spreading it to others.”
- Marimba Carr, Deputy Director of Public Health for Milton Keynes
Free flu jabs are available to:
All children aged two to three years old
All school children from reception to year 9 (years 10 and 11 will be offered the vaccine at school in due course dependent on supply)
Those aged six months to under 50 years in certain clinical risk groups
Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
Those aged 50 years and above
Care home residents
Frontline health and care workers
Flu vaccination appointments are available at GP practices, selected pharmacies and midwifery services also offer the flu jab to pregnant women. Primary, lower, middle and secondary school children will receive their vaccination at school. Booking is straightforward and the appointment itself can take less than 10 minutes. People who are not eligible for a free flu jab can pay for one at their local pharmacy.
Find out more about the flu and how to stay well this winter by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/keep-warm-keep-well/