Are you one of the people who should have flu jabs? Contrary to popular belief, it is not just the elderly who should consider being vaccinated against the influenza virus. With the onset of winter (the flu season) now is the time to get vaccinated.
A list of the people who should have flu jabs
The people who should have flu jabs include:
- The elderly
- Pregnant women
- Anyone with underlying health conditions that can be exacerbated by flu
If you are on the NHS “at risk” list, you can get a flu jab free of charge. The list includes
- Anyone over the age of 65
- Pregnant women
- People with specific health conditions
- Anyone in a residential care or long stay care facility
- Anyone in receipt of carer’s allowance
- The carer of an elderly or disabled person
If you are a “front line” health or social care worker, you are also one of the people who should have flu jabs. The cost should be covered by your employer.
For a full list of those considered to be “at risk” by the NHS, please click here.
Some forward looking employers here in London also offer to cover the cost of flu jabs for their employees, regardless of their professions.
Why pregnant women are people who should have flu jabs
Most healthy people will recover from the flu within one to two weeks. This is without any medical intervention. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that pregnant women risk developing complications if they contract flu. This is why they are among the people who should have flu jabs.
Pregnant women benefit from being given the flu jab because:
- It reduces the risk of developing pneumonia – especially during later pregnancy
- It reduces the risk of miscarriage
- It lessens the risk of premature birth
- It minimises the risk of low birth-weight due to the flu
- A baby will be protected against flu for the early months of its life
Pregnant women are recommended to have the flu jab regardless of the stage of their pregnancy. It does not carry any risk to either mother or baby.
Have your flu jab at the walk-in clinic at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you are one of the people who should have flu jabs, and you work in London, you can get vaccinated at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall for just £15.
The big advantage with using Broadgate GP is the fact that we offer a walk-in service. If you prefer, you can phone ahead and make a same day (or later) appointment by calling 020 7638 4330.