Fall in 2-3 year old's getting FREE flu vaccine

Fall in 2-3 year old's getting FREE flu vaccine

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:21am 29th January 2020.

Flu season's not over, and we're being urged to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe by making sure we've got our flu jabs.

Public Health Dorset are urging anyone who's eligible to get their flu jab.

They say the number of 2 to 3-year-olds getting their free vaccine across the south west is lower than usual.

There's still time to get your jab, and it only takes a couple of minutes. 

Dorset's vaccine system is changing

People are eligible for a free flu jab if they are:

  • Aged 65 years old or over
  • Pregnant
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if that person falls ill
woman coughing with flu or cold

Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said:

"The flu season lasts until March so there is still plenty of time for residents to get flu. Getting flu is very unpleasant and much worse than getting a cold.

"Give yourself and others the best chance of being protected from suffering from flu and book your appointment as soon as possible."

You can book your vaccine by contacting your GP, pharmacist or midwife.

Cllr Lesley Dedman BCP Council Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health said:

"We are still in flu season so it isn't too late to get your flu jab. It is important to keep yourself and loved ones protected from flu.

"It only takes a few minutes to have your vaccine and it helps stop the risk of you catching flu, as well as spreading it to others. Make sure you book and appointment to have your flu jab if you haven't done so."