The annual national campaign to encourage people in eligible groups across Wales to have the free NHS flu vaccination and protect themselves from the illness is being launched today (Monday October 5 2015).
‘Beat Flu’ aims to ensure that the people who need it most get protection each year against the flu. This includes everyone aged 65 and over, people with certain chronic long term health conditions and pregnant women.
Flu Jab group pic
(above, staff from Velindre NHS Trust including Dr. Sue Morgan (left) and Tina Donnelly (RCN) Centre back adding their support to this years campaign)
Carers, volunteers providing care and Community First Responders, are also entitled to the vaccine, which is delivered as a small injection in the arm.
The vaccine programme will be extended this year for children and those between the ages of two and six will be eligible. The vaccine for children is administered as a simple nasal spray with younger children receiving it at their GP practice while those in reception class, school year one and two will receive the spray at school.
Velindre NHS Trust is urging all those eligible to have the free flu vaccination.
Deputy Minister for Health Vaughan Gething AM, who is launching the Beat Flu campaign today, said it’s vital that those most at risk of flu and its complications have the free vaccine.
Mr Gething, who is himself eligible for the vaccination, has encouraged others to join him and pledge to beat flu.
He said, “Flu can be a life-threatening illness for people who are at risk because of their age, because they have an underlying health problem or because they are pregnant. Sadly, it kills people every year.
“People can also pledge to beat flu by reminding eligible relatives and friends to get their flu vaccine this autumn. We run this programme every year to make sure people don’t fall seriously ill with flu, especially as it can be prevented so quickly and simply.
“These flu bugs will be travelling around Wales this autumn and winter reminding you that flu circulates around Wales every year and is serious – so make sure you get protected early.”
Health and social care workers are also able to get a flu vaccine from their employers.
Source: Velindre Cancer Centre