Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:
- adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
- pregnant women
- children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
Find out more about who should have the flu jab.
Flu nasal spray vaccination
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS as an annual nasal spray to:
- children aged two and three plus children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four.
- children aged two to 17 years at a particular risk of flu
65 and overs and the flu jab
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2018-19) if you will be aged 65 and over on March 31 2018 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1953. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2018, you do qualify.
Flu jab side effects
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the jab, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have the flu jab?
Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu jab in the past.
You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.
Our Saturday Flu clinics:
Saturday September 29th – 8am – 12pm Mile End Road Surgery
Saturday October 6th 8am – 12pm Tuckswood Surgery
Saturday October 13th 8am – 12pm Gurney Surgery
Saturday October 20th 8am – 12pm Mile End Road Surgery