Protecting yourself against flu

Cold weather can seriously affect our health, especially for people with long-term conditions or aged 65 or over, but there are some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter.

Find advice on keeping warm and well in winter on the NHS website.

See the NHS Stay Well This Winter video for advice on flu jabs and what to do if you feel unwell.

 

 

0 to 6 months0 to 6 months<div class="ExternalClass84713CD25E0945E4B9DDDA8682A3CC16"><p>Babies of this age cannot have flu vaccine, so the best way to protect them is for their mother to have the vaccine while pregnant. Expectant mothers can safely have the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.<br></p></div>
2 and 3 years old2 and 3 years old<div class="ExternalClass6FEB80DEC60546E19BFB76B8881A89BE"><p>All children aged 2, 3 (but not four years or older) on 31 August 2018 (date of birth on or after 1 September 2014 and on or before 31 August 2016) should have a free nasal flu vaccine from their GP, because they are more likely to spread the flu virus. Getting your child vaccinated will help to stop the spread of flu to vulnerable people, such as grandparents.​​</p> </div>
Health and social care workersHealth and social care workers<div class="ExternalClassDF8874C856D6452B8895C896582C4588">It’s important that you get a free flu jab from your GP to protect yourself and the people you care for. Getting vaccinated will help to protect vulnerable people you work with from flu, and help you to stay well so that you can continue the service you provide.​</div>
Over 65Over 65<div class="ExternalClassEB8DF79864F942DFA968ADEF6BDFC11F">If you are over 65 (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2019) you should get a free flu jab from your GP. This is because you are at an increased risk of developing a more serious illness if you catch flu.</div>
PregnantPregnant<div class="ExternalClassC04B9C09040144DCBE039BFC9839A07E"><p>If you are pregnant, you should get a free flu jab to protect yourself and your baby. The flu vaccine can be given safely at any stage of pregnancy.</p> <p>Watch our <strong><a href="https://youtu.be/fKAz3HujFsI">Pregnancy and protection from flu YouTube video</a></strong> for further information.</p> ​​​​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
Primary school Primary school <div class="ExternalClass287CD53E3AEF4CCF97D06342AE6EB96D">All children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (date of birth on or after 1 September 2008 and on or before 31 August 2014) will be offered the nasal application. Parents/Guardians will need to sign a consent form. <br> ​​​</div>
Long term medical conditionsLong term medical conditions<div class="ExternalClass01B0C5BF219844C6815D73D8F9DA96E2"><p>People aged from six months to less than 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:</p><ul class="list bullet-list"><li>chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis</li><li>chronic heart disease, such as heart failure </li><li>chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five </li><li>chronic liver disease </li><li>chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability </li><li>diabetes</li><li>splenic dysfunction or asplenia </li><li>a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment) </li><li>morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above) </li></ul></div>

 

 

Primary school flu vaccine informationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Primary school flu vaccine info.pdf1564933pdf
Protecting children from fluhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Protecting children from flu.pdf648212pdf
Flu Vaccination information 2018-19https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Flu Vaccination information 2018-19.pdf1113075pdf
Nasal flu vaccinehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Nasal flu vaccine.pdf185450pdf
Easy read childhood nasal flu vaccine leaflet 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Easy read childhood nasal flu vaccine leaflet 2018.pdf130934pdf
Easy read adult flu leaflethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Easy read adult flu leaflet.pdf135591pdf
Winter well being checklisthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Winter well being checklist.pdf541082pdf

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