nifty & thrifty: how to get a free flu jab and a cheesy ad­vent cal­en­dar

You might be able to get a flu jab from your GP for free on the NHS

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As the nights con­tinue to get colder and darker, the flu sea­son be­gins. Pro­tect­ing your­self is the best way to avoid get­ting sick over the win­ter months – and it can also help re­lieve the strain on the NHS. We ex­plain how to get a free flu jab, or get one on the cheap.

FREE JABS

Flu vac­cines are of­fered for free to peo­ple who are the most at risk. Th­ese in­clude those suf­fer­ing from long-term con­di­tions such as asthma or di­a­betes. Peo­ple aged over 65, preg­nant women and chil­dren over the age of six months are also cov­ered. You can get a free jab from your lo­cal GP or phar­macy.

SHOULD YOU GET ONE?

If you’re in one of the high-risk groups then the NHS ad­vises that you get one free of charge. For more in­for­ma­tion visit nhs.uk/ Con­di­tions/vac­ci­na­tions/pages/ who-should-have-flu-vac­cine.aspx

HOW TO GET A CHEAP ONE

Su­per­mar­kets and high street phar­macy chains all of­fer vac­cines. The cheap­est one we’ve found is from Asda, which costs £5 and is avail­able at 225 branches across the UK.

Have a flu jab for a healthy win­ter

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