Flu is an unpredictable virus that can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week.
It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk.
If you are at risk from the complications of flu you will receive an invitation from your GP practice to attend a flu clinic. This includes those with long term conditions such as severe asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart conditions, members of a shielding household, people over 65 years and pregnant women.
Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu.
If you are invited by your GP practice to attend a flu clinic it is important that you do so, the flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, however it will help protect you against flu, which is an unpleasant and potentially serious infection.
To maintain social distancing flu clinics will be delivered in different ways this year, to make sure patients and staff are kept safe. Your practice will let you know how they will be delivering flu clinics before your appointment.
If you’re aged 50 to 64 and don’t normally get a flu vaccine you may be offered one this year. This will be from November onwards, please wait to be invited by your GP practice. Flu vaccines will go to the most at risk first.
Flu vaccinantion – Who needs it and why?
A number of local health professionals have created videos in various languages to explain the flu vaccination, who needs it and why. You find these linked below:
If you need BSL version of the information above, you can download the files below:
Vaccine Supplies – Why am I being asked to wait to have my flu vaccine?