Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you’ll usually begin to feel better within about a week. However it can be serious for some people, such as those with long-term medical conditions or people aged over 65. You can reduce your risk by having a flu jab every year.
Most of our pharmacies offer a seasonal influenza vaccination service from September to March each year.
Patients are eligible for a free NHS vaccine if they are:
- aged 65 years and over (including those who will become 65 by the end of the flu season)
- aged from 18 to less than 65 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five;
- chronic liver disease;
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability;
- immunosuppression, a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment);
- asplenia (no spleen) or splenic dysfunction;
- morbid obesity
- a pregnant woman aged 18 or over (including those who become pregnant during the flu season);
- aged 18 or over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities;
- social care workers;
- hospice workers;
- carers aged 18 or over; or
- household contacts of immunocompromised individuals who are aged 18 or over.
We also offer a private flu vaccination service for patients who are not eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination.For more information about flu, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/
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