Experts warn of flu at Christmas
National media has reported that thousands of people could have their Christmas ruined by flu.
Guidance has been issued to help encourage people to have flu vaccinations, which are available for:
- people aged 65 or over
- children aged 2 to 3 can get a free flu nasal spray vaccination
- pregnant women
- people living with certain medical conditions
- people in care homes
- carers of elderly or disabled people whose welfare may be at risk if they fall ill.
NHS England has also issued five top tips for health organisations to share:
1. Protect your child. The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia
2. Protect you, your family and friends. Vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family and friends
3. No injection needed. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
4. It’s better than having flu. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
5. Avoid costs. If your child gets flu, you may have to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare