Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs. The flu virus spreads from person to person. Even amongst those not showing symptoms. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they spread the flu virus in tiny saliva droplets over a wide area. These droplets can then be breathed in by other people or picked up by touching surfaces where the droplets have landed.
The vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- are an adult or child with certain conditions
- live with someone on the shielded patient list
- are living in a care home or other long-stay facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
- are aged two – three
- are in primary school, or the first year of secondary school (Year 7)
- are a frontline health and social care worker
- are aged 50-64.
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Many people will receive their flu vaccination at a GP surgery as usual. This year some GPs are also running clinics in other additional locations to ensure they can offer the vaccine safely to as many people at risk as possible. Your practice will give clear guidance on where you need to go when you book your appointment. You can also go to your local pharmacy. It is important to act now if you haven’t already had your flu vaccine. 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.