Free flu jabs for over-65s and others at risk
With the flu season expected to be in full swing by December, the Government is again urging over-65s and others at risk from serious complications caused by flu to take advantage of a free vaccination. Free jabs are available at GPÂ¹s surgeries for everyone over 65 years of age, and people of all ages with: – Chronic heart disease; – Chronic respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis; – Chronic kidney disease; – Diabetes mellitus; – HIV/AIDS Free vaccinations are also available for people living in nursing homes or other long stay care-homes and people whose immune systems are weakened due to illness or treatment, such as those undergoing chemotherapy. Flu is usually a minor disease for the young and fit, but for older people, or those with certain chronic conditions, complications like pneumonia or severe bronchitis can set in, often requiring hospital admission. Those at risk are encouraged to book an appointment with their GPÂ¹s surgery during October and November, ready for the flu season.