- What is flu?
- What are the symptoms of flu?
- Who is at greatest risk from flu?
- Why should I be vaccinated?
- Where can I get vaccinated?
- When can I get vaccinated?
- How often do I need to be vaccinated?
- Am I eligible for a free vaccination?
- Will a flu vaccination give me flu?
- How does a flu vaccination work?
- How are flu vaccines produced?
When can I get vaccinated?
GPs usually run flu clinics for at-risk patients in October and November, but can offer flu vaccinations through to February/March if supplies permit.
Vaccination is the most effective way to avoid developing the flu1, and if you have a chronic condition, you are eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS. Get vaccinated as soon as possible, ideally before the end of November, to ensure you’re protected right through the winter2.
- World Health Organization. Influenza (Seasonal) Fact Sheet, January 2018. Available online: http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/influenza-(seasonal) (accessed July 2018)
- Public Health England. National flu immunisation programme plan for 2018 to 2019. March 2018. Available online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-flu-immunisation-programme-plan (accessed July 2018)