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Be protected against flu

Published: 28 September 2018

Free vaccine for at risk groups

Remember the old adage coughs and sneezes spread diseases? Well it's that time of year again when people who are at increased risk from the effects of flu are being encouraged to be vaccinated against the disease. Flu is very infectious and can be spread rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people carrying the virus. It can cause severe illness and certain people are more likely to develop complications of flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

The flu vaccine is available free to people who are most at risk from the effects of flu. This includes:

  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years with long term health conditions - including heart, chest, kidney and liver conditions
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Children who were aged two or three on 31 August 2018
  • Children from reception class to year five - they will usually receive the vaccine as a nasal spray at school

You may have already been contacted if you, your children or someone you care for is entitled to a vaccine. Otherwise contact your GP surgery to find out when appointments are available. Adults in at risk groups can also receive their free flu vaccine from participating community pharmacies.

Surrey Carers Flu Vaccination Voucher

You may also be entitled to a free vaccination if you receive a carer's allowance or are the main carer of an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you fall ill. Any carer can ask their GP or participating pharmacist for a free flu jab - to make this process easier, please take the Surrey Carers Flu Vaccination Voucher with you as proof of your carer status.

Vouchers are available through carer support workers, or by calling Action for Carers Surrey 01483 302748.

For more information on the flu vaccination, and all aspects of staying well during the winter, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

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