Have you had your flu vaccine yet?

The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.

Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu. It won’t stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you’ll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.

There is also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.

Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains often change. So new flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year too.

People who are eligible for the flu vaccine this year include:

– adults aged 65 and over
– adults aged 18 to 64 with a long-term health condition
– children aged 2 to 3 at their GP practice
– school children in years reception 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
– pregnant women
– health and social care workers
– carers
– morbidly obese people

The flu vaccine is considered most effective if used by the end of November. To arrange your flu vaccine, please contact our team (registered patients only).

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine