19 September 2023
Flu vaccination is safe and effective. It’s offered every year through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. If you are from the below list then you are eligible for flu vaccination. Please call us to book for an appointment.
Who can have the flu vaccine?
- Children from 2 to 3 years old through Nasal spray- Please note it contains Gelatine.
- anyone aged 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
- Patients who are on Immunosuppressant medication for 6 months
- Pregnant patients
- Carers who receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer for an older or disabled person
- people with long-term health conditions
- respiratory conditions, such as asthma, COPD
- heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
- being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
- chronic kidney disease
- liver disease, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis
- some neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with spleen like sickle cell disease, or if you’ve had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as a result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
It’s important to go to your vaccination appointments unless you have a high temperature or feel too unwell to go to work or do your normal activities.
Please note that only Children from 2 to 3 years old will get through nasal spray and the rest of them will get it through injections. Also if you have a long-term health condition that is not in one of these groups then talk to our doctor. For Muslims, please see the Fatwa regarding Gelatine (see Fatwa).
Why flu vaccination is important
Flu vaccination is important because, while flu is unpleasant for most people, it can be dangerous and even life-threatening for some people, particularly those with certain health conditions. The best time to have your flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before the flu starts spreading. But you can get your vaccine later.
How to get the flu vaccine
- contact us by telephone to book an appointment
- find a pharmacy that offers NHS flu vaccination (if you’re aged 18 or over)
- book a flu vaccination appointment online or in the NHS App (if you’re aged 18 or over)
Some people may be able to get vaccinated through their maternity service, care home or their employer if they are frontline health or social care workers. You may receive an invitation to get vaccinated, but you do not have to wait for this before booking an appointment.