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Wing Surgery, 46 Stewkley Road, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0NE | Telephone: 01296 681814 / 688949

Wing Surgery, 46 Stewkley Road, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0NE

Telephone: 01296 681814 / 688949

Whitchurch Surgery, 49 Oving Road, Whitchurch, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 4JF | Telephone: 01296 641203

Whitchurch Surgery, 49 Oving Road, Whitchurch, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 4JF

Telephone: 01296 641203

Winslow Health Centre, Avenue Road, Winslow, Bucks, MK18 3DP | Telephone: 01296 713434 | 3whealth.secretaries@nhs.net

Winslow Health Centre, Avenue Road, Winslow, Bucks, MK18 3DP

Telephone: 01296 713434

3whealth.secretaries@nhs.net

Flu vaccine

Flu vaccine

The flu vaccine helps protect against flu, which can be a serious or life-threatening illness. It’s offered on the NHS every year in autumn or early winter to people at higher risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

This page is about the flu vaccine for adults. There are also pages about the children’s flu vaccine and flu jab in pregnancy.

Who should have the flu vaccine

The flu vaccine is recommended for people at higher risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

The NHS provides it every year in autumn or at the beginning of winter.

You are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine if you:

  • are aged 65 or over
  • have certain long-term health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • live in a care home
  • are the main carer for an older or disabled person, or receive a carer’s allowance
  • live with a person with a weak immune system

Frontline health and social care workers can also get a flu vaccine through their employer. If you are unable to do this you can get it at your GP surgery or from a pharmacy:

  • By a registered residential care or nursing home
  • By an out-of-hospital care company registered with the care
  • By a not-for-profit managed hospice provider
  • Through direct payments, or personal health budgets

How do I get the flu vaccine?

If you are in one of the groups eligible for an NHS flu vaccine, you can get your vaccine:

  • your GP surgery
  • A pharmacy offering the NHS flu vaccine (for those 18 and over)

Some people may be able to get the vaccine through their maternity services or care home.

The NHS will let you know in autumn or early winter when you can get your flu vaccine.

Having the flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines

You can have the flu vaccine at the same time as other vaccines such as the COVID-19 vaccine and shingles vaccine.

Who cannot have the flu vaccine

Most people who are eligible for the flu vaccine can have it.

You can have the vaccine unless you have had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of the vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. Some of the flu vaccines have egg protein in them; let the person who is to inject you be aware if you are allergic to eggs.

Getting vaccinated if you’re unwell

If your temperature is high, you should postpone the receipt of flu vaccination until you are feeling better.

Side effects of the flu vaccine

Mild symptoms associated with the flu vaccine are the most common and will usually last between 1 and 2 days.

They may consist of:

  • pain or soreness where the shot is given
  • a slight temperature elevation
  • a body in pain

More serious side effects such as a severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, are very rare. The vaccinator you visit is trained in addressing allergic reactions and is able to give you treatment right there if needed.

The flu vaccinations administered in the UK are not live and, therefore, cannot cause the flu.

How well the flu vaccine works and how long it lasts

The flu vaccine protects you from the most common types of flu viruses. In case you catch flu despite having been vaccinated, there are still chances that it will be milder and not so persistent. The vaccine usually takes up to 14 days to become effective. The protection of the flu vaccine decreases over time, and the flu strains for which the vaccine protects get updated every year. That’s why it is important to get vaccinated every year.

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