Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly.
Flu can affect anyone, but some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu. For them, it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in hospital, or even death. The flu vaccination helps to prevent these risk to health.
Those who should consider having a flu vaccination
All those who have any condition listed above, or who are:
- aged 65 years or over
- living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a frontline health or social care worker
- pregnant, see below
- children of a certain age
Those aged 50 to 64 years old will also be offered flu vaccination this year.
For full details see: The flu vaccination: who should have it and why?
Manx Care is pleased to offer the childhood flu vaccine to children aged 2-3 years through their GP and to school children from Reception through to Year 6. This year, the programme is also being extended, to
include all secondary school aged children years 7 to 11.
The leaflets and guidance documents below provide more detailed information on the Isle of Man flu vaccination programme. Some documents have been adapted for local use by Public Health Isle of Man with kind permission from Public Health England.
Letter to Parents
Guidance for parents and carers
School Years 7-11 years
Consent for children and young people
Translations into other Languages
Translated copies of some of the above leaflets are available in these languages English, English large print, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Latvian, Lithuanian, Panjabi, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Twi, Ukrainian and Urdu.
Disclaimer: The contents of these translated documents may differ slightly from local literature produced to support the Isle of Man COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.
British Sign Language Video Resources
Easy read guides
Patient Information Leaflets (PIL)
Guidance for healthcare professionals
Guidance for schools
Programme briefing for schools
29 July 2021
Frontline flu for healthcare workers
Posters for print and display
Poster: Flu Vaccines 2020 to 2021 Season (PDF)
10 August 2021
Poster: Which vaccine should children have? (PDF)
Poster: flu 5 reasons to vaccinate your child (PDF)
18 August 2021
Poster: flu 5 reasons to have the vaccine (PDF)
18 August 2021