Don’t put off the flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it

12 January 2018 4:44pm

Flu vaccination is part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help the public ward off common winter illnesses.

The Stay Well This Winter flu activity will run across England encouraging parents of children aged 2 – 3 and school children from reception class through to year 4 to have their children vaccinated with the free nasal spray vaccine. The flu vaccine for eligible children from 2 to 8 years old is just a quick and easy nasal spray. For children aged 2 and 3 their nasal spray vaccine is available through their GP. School children from reception class through to year 4 will get their nasal spray through their school.

The campaign also targets pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine. These people are at particular risk from flu and the flu vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That’s why the flu jab is free for pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I would urge people in at risk groups in Shropshire to protect themselves with the flu vaccination without delay. The symptoms of flu include fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. The vaccination is free for people aged 65 and over, children aged 2-3, pregnant women, carers (paid or unpaid) and those with long term health conditions. Patients in these at risk categories are able to get the vaccination free of charge from their GP and at some pharmacies.

“Don’t put off it off. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine now.” 

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab. Visit for more information.