Flu vaccinations available in Rotherham

Published Monday, 30th October 2017
Woman blowing her nose.
Woman blowing her nose.

People in Rotherham are encouraged to get the flu vaccination to help protect themselves and their loved ones this winter.

Those who can receive a free jab include people over 65, people with health conditions aged 6 months – 65 years old (for example heart disease, diabetes, asthma or other respiratory conditions and obesity with a body mass index of 40 or higher), pregnant women, children through to year 4 and carers.

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications especially if you have a long-term health condition. Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system leaving women more vulnerable to catching the disease, and carers are at risk of passing it to the people they look after.

Flu can be horrible at any age but particularly for little children. When children get it, they can spread it around the whole family. The flu vaccine for children from 2 to 8 years old is just a quick nasal spray. Children aged 2 or 3 will get the vaccine from their GP, and around 17,500 Rotherham school children from reception class through to year 4 will be offered vaccinations through their school.

Cllr David Roche, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “With winter just around the corner, if you are eligible for the vaccine don’t delay getting the jab. For most people, flu is unpleasant, but for some – particularly elderly people, people with health conditions, or young children, it can lead to severe health complications, hospitalisation or even death. Vaccination is not just about keeping yourself safe, it’s about protecting your family, friends and colleagues too.”

The Council’s Director of Public Health, Teresa Roche added: “Often people can be worried about whether the vaccine is safe or whether it can cause flu but please be reassured the flu jab can’t give you flu. This is because the vaccine doesn’t contain live viruses. A very small number of people experience side effects such as aching muscles, but this is simply the immune system responding to the vaccine. Also remember that the flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe.”

Protecting yourself against flu also reduces the chance of you needing to visit your doctor or be admitted to hospital, which is vital during the winter months to help free up appointments for those who need to see their doctor most. Pharmacies are on hand with help and advice on colds and winter wellness, and parents are reminded that notes from GPs are not required if your child is ill.

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 the get the flu jab, or sign the form to give consent for the vaccination to be given at school.

Visit the NHS website