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Flu vaccination

Stay Well This Winter


Have you booked your flu jab? Fight flu this winter by getting your flu jab now

The flu season is now upon us, and the best way to protect yourself this winter is to get your flu jab early.  

While you can protect yourself from the cold by wrapping up warm, protect yourself against flu with a flu vaccination. Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against a virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and even death among at-risk groups.

Flu is much worse than a bad cold and can spread rapidly around your whole family (you can pass on flu to someone without even having symptoms).  

As the flu virus changes every year, it’s important to be vaccinated annually to ensure you are protected every year.  The vaccine appointment can take as little as 10 minutes and is available from many pharmacies and from your local GPs in Medway.

You can also download the Flu vaccination leaflet (550 KB pdf).


James Williams, Medway’s Director of Public Health highlights the importance of getting a flu vaccine: “Flu can be much worse than a bad cold. Getting the flu vaccination early is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter and I would urge everyone who is eligible for a free vaccine to book an appointment now”.


Free vaccination

These groups of people are more likely to become very unwell if they catch flu . They are offered a free flu jab because of this and it’s free because they are most at risk of getting seriously unwell from catching flu:

  • Over 65
  • pregnant women
  • People with a long-term condition including diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, a lowered immune system, chest or heart problems
  • carers
  • people with a learning disability


Children aged 2 to 8 years should also be vaccinated every year. As well as flu making the child unwell, children are especially likely to spread flu to others. Children in reception year and older will be vaccinated at school, and younger children can receive their vaccination at their GP. Instead of a flu jab, children receive a nasal spray.


Get your flu jab now

If you have a relative or friend in the groups listed above, remind them to book their flu jab now. If you don’t fall into a group that is eligible for a free flu vaccination, you can still protect yourself against flu by booking an appointment e.g. at a local pharmacy for a small cost   

For more advice on flu visit here:

For more details on staying well this winter, check out http://www.medway.gov.uk/winter.aspx


Top tips

Most sore throats, coughs, colds and flu are caused by viruses. Antibiotics have no effect on these viruses but cold and flu remedies available from a pharmacy will help.

Follow these tips for a healthier winter:

  • Book a flu jab if you are in one of the high risk groups
  • If you think you need the jab but haven’t had a reminder, call your GP
  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues into a bin straight after use
  • Clean surfaces such as telephones, keyboards and door handles regularly