Flu Vaccinations

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

Does the Flu Vaccine work?

The flu vaccine gives the best protection against flu. Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there's still a chance you might get flu. If you do get flu after vaccination, it's likely to be milder and not last as long. Having the flu vaccine will also stop you spreading flu to other people who may be more at risk of serious problems from flu.

It can take 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to work.

Does a Flu Jab hurt?

The word “jab” is not a very good description of what happens! We’re very gentle and often people don’t feel anything, or at worst its a sharp scratch. The needle of the vaccine is pushed gently into the Deltoid muscle of the upper arm as this ensures minimum adverse reactions and best effectiveness of the vaccine itself.

Can I have it free?

People with one (or more) long term health condition
Individuals from 6 months of age who have a medical condition that increases their vulnerability to complications of influenza are routinely offered annual flu vaccination.

This includes people with:

– Chest problems (including moderate to severe asthma)
– Diabetes (including diet controlled)
– Heart problems
– Kidney disease
– Liver disease
– Neurological disease (including stroke and mini stroke)
– Suppressed immune system (maybe due to cancer treatment)

 Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more: Morbidly obese adults are at increased risk of complications if they catch influenza so annual vaccine is recommended.

Pregnant women: Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to severe complications of influenza and if caught during pregnancy may be associated with premature birth and smaller birth size and weight. 
Individuals aged 65 years or over: With increasing age comes increased vulnerability to the complications of influenza. In the 2020/21 flu season those aged 50 or above can have a free flu vaccine 
People who live in a care home: Care home residents are amongst the most vulnerable to complications of influenza. Flu spreads easily in confined environments, and is a threat to the health of residents and staff.
Carers: Those who are an unpaid carer of a person whose health or welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

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