According to the NHS, the best time of year to get the flu jab is in the autumn, spanning from the beginning of October until the end of November. Flu season peaks in December and January – when most people are ill due to the virus.
Not everyone needs a flu vaccine, but some people greatly benefit from receiving one.
If you had a flu vaccine last year, you need to get another this year as the virus changes every year.
This means the vaccine this year may be different from the one offered last year.
If you fall into one of these groups, you can ask your GP about an NHS flu vaccination.
Some pharmacies also offer free NHS flu vaccinations to adults and social care workers in the groups above, however, this pharmacies will not offer it for children.
You should also have a vaccination if you work in healthcare or a social care worker directly involved with patient care.
According to the NHS, you may also be able to have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or a local pharmacy offering the service if you’re a frontline health or social care worker employed by a:
- registered residential care or nursing home
- registered homecare organisation
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If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they’ll be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under two years old.
Can anyone NOT have the Flu vaccine?
Anyone who has previously had the vaccine and suffered an allergic reaction to one of its ingredients is not allowed to have the vaccine.
However, according to the NHS, allergic reactions are rare.
If you have an egg allergy you will also have to take precautions as some vaccines are made using eggs.
For people who have a fever, it is best to postpone the vaccine until this has gone.
Why are some groups eligible for a free vaccine?
Complications from the flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia are more common in people with existing illnesses or the elderly.
Those living in long-stay residential homes also benefit as receiving the vaccine prevents the rapid spread of the disease.
Those also encouraged to get the flu vaccine are pregnant women and those who have given recently birth.
It is safe for breastfeeding women to get the vaccine and can help both mother and baby from contracting flu.
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