Stay well this winter – get the flu jab

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for health, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions. 

But cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Get your free flu vaccination to stay well this winter.

Get it now

Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible, get it now. It’s free because you need it.

The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against a horrible illness which can even kill.

You need it every year to protect against the flu virus which changes.

Are you eligible for a free vaccination?

The flu vaccination is offered free to people who are:

  • Aged over 65 years old
  • Living with a long-term health condition (for example, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, chronic heart disease/failure, Parkinson's disease)
  • Living in a residential or nursing home
  • Pregnant women
  • The main carer of an older or person living with a disability
  • Children aged two to eight years old

The flu vaccination and children

Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family.

Children aged two to eight get a quick nasal spray – no injection.

If you have children aged two to three contact your GP to get them immunised.

Children aged four to eight (reception to year 4) can have the flu nasal spray at school. 

The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as all routine childhood vaccines.

How do I get the flu vaccine?

The vaccine is most effective if given in October and early November but can still be effective in December and January. If you fit the above criteria speak to your GP to book an appointment and get the best possible protection. Also, those eligible for the free flu vaccination can attend most local pharmacies who will also provide the vaccination if you are over 18. Go to the Salford CCG website for a list of Salford pharmacies giving the vaccination.

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