The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It is offered every year to help protect people who are at risk of flu and its effects. The best time for you to have a flu vaccine is now, in the autumn as it is before the flu starts spreading, however you can still get it later on.
Flu and Coronavirus
The flu vaccination is important as if you are at higher risk of coronavirus, you are also more at risk of getting problems with flu. If you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, then you are more likely to be seriously ill. It can help to reduce the pressure put on the NHS staff who are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Where to get it?
- Your GP surgery
- A pharmacy who is offering the service
- Your midwifery service if you are pregnant
Who can get it?
- are 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in a long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is at high risk from getting coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- frontline health or social care workers
How effective is it?
By having the flu vaccine, it is the best way to protect yourself
from getting flu. If you do have flu after having a vaccination it is likely to
be milder and not last very long. It can help you stop spreading flu to other
people who are at risk of developing serious health problems from getting flu,
such as elderly people. Flu vaccines are safe and most side effects only last
for a day or two. The side effects can be: a sore arm, muscle aches, or a
raised temperature. If you need more information then check out the NHS