The viruses that cause flu change every year so it is important to make sure you stay protected by having an up to date vaccination. Flu vaccinations are available privately or free on the NHS for:
• anyone over the age of 65
• pregnant women
• anyone who is very overweight (with a body mass index over 40)
• children and adults with an underlying health condition
• children and adults with weakened immune systems
Each year, under recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) the viruses that are most likely to cause flu are identified and vaccines are made to match them as closely as possible. Most injected flu vaccines protect against three types of flu virus:
• A/H1N1 – the strain of flu that caused the swine flu pandemic in 2009
• A/H3N2 – a strain of flu that mainly affects the elderly and people with risk factors like a long term health condition. In 2016/17 the vaccine will contain an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 H3N2-like virus
• Influenza B – a strain of flu that predominantly affects children. The vaccine this year will contain a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus
Is the Flu jab effective?
Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you from getting the flu. It won’t stop all flu viruses but if you do get flu after vaccination it’s likely to be milder and less serious than it would otherwise have been.
Will the Flu jab give me the flu?
The vaccine does not contain any live viruses, so it cannot cause flu. Generally the only side effects are a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t have the flu jab?
Most adults can have the flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu jab in the past. Flu vaccinations are safe, with allergic reactions occurring rarely
Please use the link below to discuss your Flu Vaccination needs:
We welcome enquiries from individuals and businesses, however if enquiring on behalf of a business, please include the following within your enquiry:
1. Business name
2. Location you would like the clinic to take place
3. Number of people to vaccinate
4. Contact email/phone number
Our Operations team will get back in touch regarding your enquiry