Have You Had Your Flu Jab?

 

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR FLU JAB?

If you’re living with HIV it’s advised that you get a flu jab, also known as a vaccine, every year. It is a safe and effective vaccine that can help protect people at risk of flu and its complications. It is particularly important this year because of Covid-19. We need to do everything we can to protect our health.

 

It is FREE for people living with HIV.


Where can I get a flu jab?

  • Your GP surgery
  • A pharmacy offering the service, including pharmacies in supermarkets
  • Your midwifery service if you are pregnant

 

Is it safe?

It is. The vaccine does not have ‘live’ virus in it, so it is safe for use by people living with HIV. If you’re concerned about the safety of the vaccine, please speak to your GP.

 

How long does it take?

It’s a quick procedure, taking no longer than 5 minutes.

 

Why do I need to have it every year?

There are different types and strains of flu viruses and the ones in circulation can change. The make-up of the vaccine is reviewed each year and updated to ensure it provides as much protection as possible. Also, the immune protection given by a vaccine reduces over time, so the best way to make sure you’re protected is to have it every year.

 

I’m young and healthy, do I need it?

It is recommended for EVERYONE living with HIV regardless of age or general health. This is because people living with HIV are deemed to be at higher risk of developing complications from flu.

You can find out more about flu on the NHS website and on the Aidsmap website.

 

Sort it today, don’t delay.

Tuesday, 17 November, 2020

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