As winter approaches it is important to protect ourselves from winter pressures such as the flu. Despite common belief anybody can get the flu, however there are specific groups of people that may be more susceptible to the virus. Please see below information including videos and links to further information.
A flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:
- anyone over the age of 65
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
It is given as an annual injection to:
- adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone over 65)
- children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
The flu vaccine is also given as an annual nasal spray to:
- children aged two to 18 years at risk of flu
- healthy children aged two, three and four years old
Despite popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot give you flu as it doesn't contain the active virus needed to do this.
The flu vaccine is available from October each year. If you think you need it, talk to your GP or practice nurse.
Click here for more information on who should have the flu vaccine and how to get it.