The seasonal flu vaccination clinics are available between October and March. Please book an appointment if you are eligible for this.
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
- people aged 65 or over
- people living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
- health care or social care professionals directly involved in patient care
- those who work in close contact with poultry, such as chickens
- people with a serious medical condition:
- Chronic respiratory disease (COPD/asthma)
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease (stroke/TIA)
For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab.
There is a full guide on the NHS immunisation website.