​Protect yourself and your family against Flu

Make sure you stay well this winter!

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week.

However, it can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition and it can be horrible for little children.  If children catch flu they can quickly spread it around the whole family.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu jab. 

Free flu vaccination is available on the NHS for:

 It's free because you need it!

 We are encouraging parents of children aged 2 – 3 and school children from reception class through to year 4 to have their children vaccinated. The flu vaccine for children is a quick and easy nasal spray. 
  • For children aged 2 and 3 their nasal spray vaccine is available through your GP.
  • School children from reception class through to school year four will get their nasal spray through their school.
  • The flu vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. 

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it's free because you need it.  Contact your GP, local pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab.

Where to get the flu jab in Merton

For Adults

In Merton you can have your NHS flu jab at:

  • your Merton GP surgery
  • a local pharmacy offering the service (see the list of participating Merton pharmacies)

Pharmacies offer flu vaccination to adults but not children at risk of flu including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers.

If you have your flu jab at a Merton pharmacy, you don't have to inform your Merton GP – it is up to the pharmacist to do that.

For Children

Children aged two and three in Merton can receive the nasal spray vaccination at their general practice, it will usually be given by the practice nurse. Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on 31 August 2017. These children can also receive the nasal spray vaccination at their general practice.

Merton Children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four will be offered their vaccination in school. This is now underway in Merton. 

Parents of children between the ages of six months and two years who are at high risk from flu will be asked if they wish their child to have a flu jab. Thsi will usually happen at their GP surgery.