Carers and health and social care workers are being reminded that it's not too late to get their flu vaccination – and protect both themselves and the people they care for.

They are among a number of groups who are eligible for a free vaccination through local GPs and pharmacies once again this year. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Millions of people get flu each winter. For most, it is just extremely unpleasant, but for those with long term health conditions it can prove incredibly dangerous – with many ending up in hospital with, or even dying from, influenza. 

"I would urge everyone to get their flu vaccination this year, and particularly so all health and social care professionals and carers – not only to protect themselves but also to safeguard the people they look after. If you haven't had yours yet, please get it as soon as possible as flu season is almost upon us.”

Flu is a highly infectious disease which can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia and even death among the most vulnerable groups, who are once again eligible for a free flu jab.

As well as health and social care staff and carers, they also include anyone aged 65 years old or over; pregnant women; people with certain medical conditions; people living in long stay care; anyone who lives with someone who was shielding from coronavirus; children over the age of 6 months with a long term health condition, and children aged 2 and 3. People who are not eligible for the free vaccination can get it from the pharmacy for a small charge. 

Meanwhile primary aged pupils and students in Year 7 are being vaccinated for free via a quick and painless nasal spray in school, and the award winning Flu Fighters campaign has returned to encourage young Wulfrunians to get protected.

Although England is currently subject to national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, people can leave home for medical reasons – including having their flu vaccination.

To find out more, please visit Flu Vaccines.