With a bad flu season being predicted, we answer the most common vaccination questions…
1 Am I eligible for a free flu jab?
You are entitled to a free flu jab if you’re over 65, pregnant or if you have a serious health condition. Health and social care workers and some carers are also eligible.
2 What about children?
The flu vaccine is offered to all two- and three-year-olds as well as school children from reception class through to year four. Children are usually given the vaccine as a spray in each nostril rather than an injection.
3 Where can I get it?
Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife. If you are not eligible for a jab on the NHS, you can pay for one privately at many high-street pharmacies including Boots and LloydsPharmacy, as well as supermarket pharmacies such as Asda and Tesco. Prices range from £5 to £12.99.
4 Are there any side effects?
Some people have a sore arm, a slight temperature and aching muscles for a day or two after the jab.
5 Do I need a jab every year?
Flu strains change, which is why new flu vaccines are brought out every year. If you had a flu jab last year, it may not be effective against this year’s strain.