It’s not too late to have your flu jab

The NHS is encouraging people to have their flu jab if they haven’t already to protect themselves and their families.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Barrow GP and Clinical Chair of Morecambe Bay CCG, said:

“Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

“However, it can be more severe in certain people such as children, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women and would advise that, if you fall into one of these groups you contact your GP practice to arrange to have a Flu Jab. It’s not too late.”

You should have the flu vaccine if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or over  
  • Are pregnant
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Are a frontline health and social care workers. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine

Those of at higher risk can receive a flu vaccination through their GP practice, local pharmacy, or employer if they work in the NHS. Please make sure you have taken up the opportunity to be vaccinated this year.

Flu is not a “bad cold”. Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much more serious than a cold https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Isitacoldorflu.aspx.