‘Just the flu? There is no just about it. For many people, a bout of flu makes you feel miserable but it’s not a serious illness. If you are generally healthy, you will usually recover from it within a week.
But some people are more at risk of developing potentially serious health problems from flu, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and sometimes death.
A flu jab not only helps protect you from the virus, it will also help protect your family and friends. Many people don’t have any side effects – some may develop a cold or slight temperature but this should settle without treatment in a couple of days.
The NHS offers the flu vaccine free of charge to the following groups:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- children in primary school
- children in year 7 (secondary school)
- frontline health or social care workers
This year, there are three forms of the flu vaccine; nasal drops for young children, and the usual jab for those under 65 years of age. For those over 65, there’s a new more effective version of the jab.
If you do not fall into the above criteria, you may still be able to purchase a jab at local pharmacies across Doncaster.
Easy Read ‘Flu Resources
- Public Health England: easy read Flu guide
- Speakup : easy read Flu information
- ‘Misfits’ have produced a great short film about ‘flu, watch it here
Posters about getting vaccinated available in community languages:
In Arabic here
In Bengali here
In Chinese here
In Gujrati here
In Hindi here
In Punjabi here
In Urdu here
Radio Clips about the importance of getting a ‘flu jab:
In Hindi below:
In Polish below:
In Urdu Below: