Getting your flu jab is more important than ever

Published: 11 Oct 2017

This year we expect a much worse flu season than last year, so Hertfordshire County Council is urging people to get their flu jab.

The flu jab is free on the NHS for over 65s, pregnant women, those with existing long-term health conditions and carers.  It is also offered as a nasal spray for two, three and four-year-olds as well as children in school years Reception, One, Two, Three and Four.

Simply contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment to get your jab so that you are protected this winter.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Richard Roberts, said: “Flu isn’t just a cold; it can be a really serious illness for some people.  The flu jab is the safest way to keep yourself and those close to you healthy over the winter months.

“Last year, Australia had over twice the number of cases of flu and more deaths and people admitted to hospital as a result.  We often follow suit, so the sooner you have your jab, the sooner you and your loved ones are protected.”

For those who are not eligible for a free jab, you can still get vaccinated, as many pharmacists offer the flu jab for a small charge.  This not only means that you will you be protected, but also there is less risk of you passing the illness on to friends and family who may be more susceptible to the harmful effects of flu.

You can visit your pharmacist for advice or find out more at:  

You can also visit for more information about staying healthy this winter.