Now is the time to start thinking about protecting your health over winter with a flu vaccination.

Over the coming months many GP practices will be holding flu vaccination clinics for their registered patients - and people in at-risk groups are being encouraged to attend. Many pharmacies also provide NHS flu vaccinations for those in at-risk groups aged 18+. 

For many people a bout of flu will result in symptoms such as headaches, aches, pains and tiredness. However, for people in at-risk groups flu can have serious consequences, leading to existing health conditions getting worse or the development of an illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia. It is important for eligible young children to have the vaccination to prevent the spread of flu to other at-risk family members.

You are entitled to a free NHS flu vaccination if you are:

- Are aged 65 years or over

- Are pregnant

- Receive a carer’s allowance or are a carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

- Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility

- Are aged between six months and 65 years and have a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, liver disease, had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), diabetes, a neurological condition or a problem with or removal of the spleen e.g. sickle cell disease

- Are a child aged 2 – 3

- Are in reception class/school years 1 – 5

People in at-risk groups are encouraged to ask at their GP practice or pharmacy about having a flu vaccination.

Find out more about flu and flu vaccinations at - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/