SHOULD I HAVE A JAB?

Real People - - HEALTH & HAPPINESS -

The NHS is urg­ing the 21 mil­lion Bri­tons el­i­gi­ble for a vac­cine to get one. Those who can get it free are preg­nant women, peo­ple with cer­tain chronic long-term health con­di­tions like asthma, over­weight peo­ple with a BMI over 40 and ev­ery­one aged over 65. Chil­dren aged be­tween two and eight years are also el­i­gi­ble. The vac­cine for adults is given via an in­jec­tion – and for chil­dren, in the form of a nasal spray. You can also get a jab pri­vately at phar­ma­cies. How­ever, it’s not al­ways ef­fec­tive on ev­ery strain. Last year, the vac­cine re­duced the risk of flu in chil­dren by 66 per cent and

40 per cent in adults.

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