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FLU & VACCINATION

FLU

Flu is more likely to be serious if you have a long term health condition, are pregnant, or are older. The people at high risk of COVID-19 are generally the same people at increased risk of becoming very ill with flu.

Flu is caused by viruses and spreads easily. Anyone can get flu but children have the highest rate of infection and flu can be serious for them.

Complications can include bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections.

Some children get so ill they need to go into hospital.

Vaccines

Having a flu vaccine every year is one of the best ways to protect against flu.

Flu vaccines are quick and very safe, and could prevent weeks of serious illness.

Flu vaccines are given in a COVID-19 safe environment.


Vaccines for Children  

Vaccines protect your child, you and your loved ones.  It is given as a single painless nasal spray.

If they haven't yet had the flu vaccine you still have time to get them vaccinated - Contact your local pharmacy or GP for further details..

Who’s eligible? 

Children aged 2 years (Aged 2 on 31st Aug 2021) to Year 11 in school.

 

Child Flu Vaccination Information

For Frequently asked questions on child flu vaccine see PHW child flu information.

For further information on flu vaccinations click here:  About the vaccine - Public Health Wales (nhs.wales)   

 

For those who already have a long-lasting health condition, the very young and older people it can cause serious lung illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia that may require a long hospital stay. The flu can have life-threatening consequences.

Pregnant women are also at high risk because during pregnancy their immune system is reduced. Catching flu can lead to complications such as the baby being born prematurely or of low birth weight, as well as increasing the chances of having a still born baby.

People who are at high risk of COVID-19 are also those most at risk of complications from flu. There is a safe vaccine to help protect you against flu viruses.

Contact your GP or local Pharmacy today to make an appointment to have the vaccination. GP surgeries and pharmacies are following COVID-19 guidelines to ensure you receive your flu vaccine safely. 

Many people are eligible for a free flu vaccine because they are more at risk of serious illness if they catch flu. 

Find out if you’re eligible for a FREE flu vaccine Eligibility for the vaccine - Public Health Wales (nhs.wales)

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccination but want  to protect yourself against flu, visit a local pharmacy to get your vaccination which costs around £14.99.

The nasal spray provides a quick and painless way to protect your child from flu.

All children from the age of two can have a free flu vaccine in 2021/22. This includes:

  • All children in primary school
  • All children in secondary school years 7 to 11
  • All children who are aged two or three on 31 August 2021

Also children aged six months or over and who have any of the long term health conditions.

Having a flu vaccine will help protect your child from flu.

Protection starts around two weeks after having the vaccine. The vaccine usually offers children good protection against flu.

It also helps reduce the chance of children and young people spreading flu to others who are at high risk from flu, such as young babies, grandparents, and those with long-term health conditions.

Some people still get flu even after having a flu vaccine, but often with milder symptoms. Flu vaccines do not protect against colds, other respiratory viruses or other winter illnesses.

More information about vaccine safety here: About the vaccine - Public Health Wales (nhs.wales)

If you are in any of the following risk groups, you are entitled to a free flu jab:

  • Aged 65 years and over
  • Living in a residential or nursing home
  • Carer
  • Pregnant
  • Aged six months and over with chronic conditions such as asthma, chest or heart complaints, kidney disease,
    diabetes, neurological condition or suppressed immunity
  • Child aged two or three
  • Children aged two to six years
  • Obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or over
  • Children aged 2 – 6 years
  • Children aged 2 – 16 with a long term condition

If you are not eligible for a free flu vaccination but wish to protect yourself against flu, visit a local pharmacy to get your vaccination which costs around £14.99.

The flu vaccine is cultivated using hen’s eggs. Allergic reactions to the vaccine are very rare.

If you have a serious egg allergy, please speak to your GP practice as a few people may not be able to have the vaccine.

Some important things to know about flu and the flu vaccine:

The flu vaccine IS NOT a live vaccine, it does not give you flu.

Even though you may not feel ill does not mean you aren’t carrying the virus. You could pass the virus on to a vulnerable family member, which could have serious consequences. There is no such thing as natural immunity as the strains of flu virus constantly change.There are some common side effects to the vaccination, however these are usually mild. They include:

  • A sore arm
  • Neck pain
  • A local reaction at the site of the vaccination
  • Temperature

The vaccine offers good protection against flu in the flu season it is given, especially the nasal spray in children. Protection starts around a week to ten days after the vaccination. You may still get flu even after vaccination but often with milder symptoms. The vaccine will not protect you against colds and other winter illnesses.

Rest at home in bed if needed, keep warm and drink plenty of water. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches if necessary.

The flu virus is spread in the small droplets of saliva coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. It can also spread if someone with the virus touches common surfaces such as door handles with unwashed hands.

Catch It, Bin It, Kill It. Preventing the spread of germs is the most effective way to slow the spread of flu. Always:

  • Carry a tissue
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue
  • Bin the tissue as soon as possible
  • Clean your hands as soon as you can or use a sanitiser gel.

Contact your GP or local Pharmacy today to make an appointment to have the vaccination.

For more information about flu, visit: Flu Vaccination - Public Health Wales (nhs.wales)

On this page you will find accessible formats of COVID-19 vaccine leaflets. These include: Easy Read |  British Sign Language | Large Print | Translations of key documents for speakers of languages other than English and Welsh :  Accessible Information - Public Health Wales (nhs.wales)

The health board is committed to our patients, staff and visitors and will continue to actively promote the flu vaccination in order to protect our local community.

FLU season is here again so it’s important that you ensure that you are protected against flu.

Vaccination is safe and the single best protection against catching and spreading flu.

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, and it is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold and can even make healthy people feel unwell.

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. In most cases, the symptoms are quite mild, but in others they can be very serious.

Flu is caused by a virus which can spread rapidly: anyone can pick up the virus and pass it on to those who are at more risk of serious illness. Because flu is caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.

Getting vaccinated now will provide important protection over the coming winter months.