Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic
The flu vaccination is available every year free on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications. You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- live with someone who's at high risk of COVID-19 (on the NHS shielded patient list; more info here) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter
If you are coming to see the doctor or nurse for any other reason you can have your flu vaccine at the same time rather than coming to the clinic.
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most
people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week. The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing
serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
Studies have shown that the best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts. The vaccine provides the best protection available
against a virus that can cause severe illness, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains
change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
Will the flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19 BUT it will help protect you against flu. Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu, which can lead to hospital admissions.
Have a look at this leaflet to know who should have the flu vaccine and why (Winter 2020/2021):
Who should have the flu vaccine and why (English)
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