Flu - eligible for free NHS vaccination?

Flu pregnancy JPEGDo you have asthma, COPD or another long term illness? Pregnant? Maybe you are in one of the other ‘eligible groups’.

Then you ought to consider having the flu jab. It is the best way to avoid catching flu.

Ask your GP or local community pharmacy.

Flu is an unpredictable virus that causes mild illness in most people who get it, but it can cause severe illness among vulnerable groups including people with an underlying health condition. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk", as well as children aged 2 to 9 years old on August 31 2018.

You can read the full list of who is eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination here.

The flu vaccine is safe – and it can't give you flu


The injected flu vaccine given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses, so it can't give you flu. Your arm may feel a bit sore where you were injected, and some people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards.
The viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination that matches the new viruses each year. The vaccine usually provides protection for the duration of that year's flu season.

More flu facts here