People who are the most vulnerable to flu, including most adults with Down’s syndrome, are being urged to get their free vaccination ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer said:
“The harsh reality is that flu can kill and the best way to protect yourself is to get the jab.
“With more people eligible than ever before and the vaccine available in more locations, people should protect themselves and those around them from flu. Taking a few minutes to get the jab could save your life this winter.”
The vaccine is the best form of protection against flu. Vaccinating those who are most likely to get flu also offers a protective effect for the rest of the population by reducing the overall spread of the virus.
Other people who are eligible for the free flu vaccine include:
- Adults over 65
- People with long-term health conditions, including asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, kidney or liver disease or diabetes
- People with neurological conditions like cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis. motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s
- People who have Alzheimer’s, a learning disability or had a stroke
- Pregnant women
- Children aged 2 and 3, as well as pupils in reception class and school years 1 to
And if you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for the free flu jab. Please speak to your GP to discuss your options.
For more information, see this easy ready leaflet: