How do we prevent the spread of flu?
Flu is unpredictable and there can be different strains of the virus. However, over the last ten years, the flu vaccine has generally been very good at targeting the circulating strains.
The flu vaccine is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are most at risk of flu and its complications.
Can I have a free flu vaccination on the NHS?
Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- adults 65 years and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- CARERS – including people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- children aged 2 and 3 years on 31st August 2020
- children in primary school (n.b. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- children in year 7 (secondary school) (n.b. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- frontline health or social care workers
For more information please see the Influenza section of the NHS website.
Please note that people in the 50 to 64 year-old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50 to 64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from flu, you will be invited earlier.
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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".