Who can have the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is given at no additional charge from the NHS to people who:
- Have certain health conditions
- Are pregnant
- Are in long stay residential care
- Receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- Live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
Invitations will be sent out to eligible patients very soon. However, if you think you are eligible or received a an NHS influenza vaccination last year please get in touch to make an appointment.
Flu, short for influenza, is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.
It's not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. Symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.
You can catch flu all year round, but it is especially common in winter, which is why it is also known as "seasonal flu".
For more information see the Influenza (Flu) page on the NHS website.