Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy, it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week.

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • adults aged 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age. See list below)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • children aged 2 and 3
  • are the main carer for someone

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to people with certain long-term health conditions, including:

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

If you, or a dependent of yours, is aged six months or older and falls in one of the groups above (or you have received a flu vaccination invitation letter you will be eligible for the flu vaccination). The vaccine offers you the best possible protection against the main flu strains in circulation this winter.

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Vaccine FAQs

Yes. If you are offered both vaccines, it is completely safe to do so.

No. The flu jab cannot give you the flu – it is an inactivated vaccine. This means it does not contain any of the live flu virus.

The flu jab does not contain any pork ingredient or gelatine. Only the flu nasal spray for children includes porcine gelatin. The British Fatwa council has permitted the use of the nasal spray in children.

No it will not. Having the flu vaccine will help protect you and your baby. It is safe to have the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

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