Health and care professionals are being encouraged to get their annual flu jab.
If you work in health or care this is the most effective way to protect yourself, your family and those you care for.
This is anything but a typical year and we all want to protect ourselves and those close to us. Due to the potential impact of influenza and Covid-19 it’s now more important than ever to protect ourselves from getting the flu.
The flu virus spreads from person-to-person, even amongst those not showing any symptoms. Frontline workers are at an increased risk of contracting flu and it’s very easy to pass the virus on without knowing. Even if you’re healthy, you can still get flu and spread it to the people you care for, your colleagues and to your family.
Getting your flu jab is simple, easy and free. All you need to do is ask your employer.
The injected flu vaccine given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses so it cannot give you flu. The most common side effect can be a slight temperature or your arm may feel a bit sore where you had the injection. Other reactions are rare.
If you are not a health or care worker but would like to find out more about getting a flu jab visit the NHS website to check if you are eligible.