Boost your immunity this Winter
With Covid and Flu infection rates expected to remain high as we head into Winter, we are supporting carers across Kirklees to access their free Flu jabs and Covid vaccination boosters.
GPs in Kirklees are encouraging local people to get their free NHS flu vaccine to help protect them from flu and its potentially serious complications. This year it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated as we begin mixing with others and those most vulnerable may not have built up natural immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catching flu can be serious. On average more than 11,000 people die each year from flu. It is highly contagious, and you can have it without any symptoms and pass it on to your loved ones.
The vaccine is provided free of charge to those who are at risk. This year it’s being offered to a much wider range of people than previously, so you may be offered a jab for the first time.
Those eligible for a free flu vaccine include:
· are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
· have certain health conditions
· are pregnant
· are in long-stay residential care
· receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
· live with someone who is more likely to get infections
· are frontline health or social care workers
You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:
· your GP surgery
· a pharmacy offering the service
· your midwifery service if you're pregnant
· a hospital appointment