Time to book your flu jab
As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, we’re reminded that it’s time for flu jabs. This is particularly important for people who are more vulnerable because getting the flu can be more severe for them. Here at The Private Care Company, we’ve got our management team booked in for their jabs and our carers are busy getting theirs booked in as well.
The flu vaccine is available for free on the NHS to certain groups of people including:
- children aged two to ten
- those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
- pregnant women
- those aged 65 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
Healthy adults who don’t qualify for the free NHS jab, can check with their employers to see if they have a flu jab policy or they can book in with their local pharmacy. Alternatively, Asda, Boots and Superdrug all offer the jab for a small fee here in Brighton and Hove. The jab is available mid to end of September but it’s worth getting it booked in now.
The flu jab is not 100 percent effective in preventing the flu but it is the most effective method to protect against the virus and its related complications. New flu vaccines are made every year since flu strains change which means people need to have a jab every year.