Be safe this winter

Flu vaccinations

Cold weather improves the risk of flu, which can seriously affect the health of children, and of vulnerable people, particularly those aged over-65, or who have long-term medical conditions. To help prevent the spread of flu, the following groups are urged to take advantage of the free flu immunisation. Speak to your GP or local pharmacy for more details.

Those eligible are:

  • everyone aged 65 and over
  • everyone under 65 with a medical condition, listed below, including babies
  • and children over six months of age
  • all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
  • all primary school children in reception class and years 1 to 5
  • all children aged 2 and 3 years old
  • everyone living in a residential or nursing home
  • everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
  • those seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

Please note: the children’s vaccine is a nasal spray, making it easier and painless.


It may be cold outside but winter needn’t be the least safe time of year for you and your family.

Download our leaflet for information on:

  • Preparing for winter
  • Stocking up on medicines
  • Keeping you warm
  • Keeping your home warm
  • Flu jab
  • Be antibiotics aware
  • Is Accident and Emergency for me?

If you are worried about the safety or well-being of an adult at risk or older person please contact Social Care Direct. They will deal with your concerns and offer advice and support about what to do.

You can contact Social Care Direct by

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Public Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

0345 8 506 506