Protect young and old with free flu immunisations this Christmas

Residents are being urged to get a flu immunisation to avoid spreading the virus to their loved ones this Christmas.

As families come together for the festive season, residents who are eligible for the free flu immunisation are being urged to ensure they, or their children, get one before meeting up with relatives who may be susceptible to the virus.

“Flu is highly contagious and can lead to dangerous complications,” said Cllr Sue Macmillan, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“One way that you can protect older people and others that you visit this Christmas is for children to have the flu nasal spray vaccine. They will then be less likely to be unwell themselves, or to spread flu to you or to others who are vulnerable.”

Who should have the immunisation?

  • Children aged from two to four and those in school years 1 and 2
  • People over 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People with long-term medical conditions
  • Carers
  • Frontline health and social care staff

You can protect your children from flu with a quick and painless nasal spray at drop-in clinics this month.

Free drop-in immunisation clinics are being held at both Randolph Beresford and Melcombe children’s centres for children aged two to four years old.

Cllr Macmillan visited the Melcombe Children’s Centre, in Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith on Monday 7 December for the first of several drop-in clinics in H&F.

At Randolph Beresford Children’s Centre in Australia Road, White City, the session will take place from 8.45am to 10.45am on Tuesday 15 December.

At Melcombe Children’s Centre the next session will run from 8.30am to 10.30am on Wednesday 16 December.

Children will need to be accompanied by a parent.

Visit the NHS website for more information on staying well this winter.