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Free flu vaccination

If you are aged 65 or over or have a long-term health condition, you might be eligible for a free flu vaccination.

What is flu?

Flu is a viral infection of the nose, mouth, throat and lungs.  It causes fever, cough, headache, tiredness and muscle and joint pain.  It is easily transmitted by coughing and sneezing.

For those over 65 years and people with underlying medical conditions there is an increased risk of serious complications.

It’s recommended that you have a flu vaccine every year to protect yourself. The vaccine provides the best protection available against flu.

When and where can you get the vaccination?

The flu jab is free on the NHS for everyone aged 65 and over and available from your GP. You can also get a free flu vaccination if you’re the main carer of an older or disabled person. Some pharmacies also offer flu vaccines.

The best time to have the vaccination is in October to early November, so don’t put it off. Take up the offer from your GP as soon as you can.

Find out more about protecting yourself from flu at: www.westminster.gov.uk/flu-jab