All you need to know about the flu vaccination

As autumn is upon us, now is a good time to start thinking about getting your flu vaccination, if you are eligible. It is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu.

Getting flu isn’t nice, but if you are healthy, it will usually clear up on its own in around a week. Flu can be more serious for some people, such as those aged over 65, pregnant women, children and adults with an underlying health problem and adults and children with weakened immune systems.

According to the NHS, anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Who is eligible this year

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to adults 65 and over, people with certain medical conditions, pregnant women, people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus and frontline health or social care workers. It is also available to children in a range of age groups.

Where you can get your flu vaccination

You can get your vaccination at your GP surgery. Many local chemists also offer the vaccination. If you have your flu vaccine at a pharmacy, you do not have to inform your GP, the pharmacy will ensure this is done.

For more information about the flu vaccination and to find out if you are eligible this year, contact your GP surgery.