Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the 'flu jab' is available every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear
up on its own within a week.
anyone over the age of 65
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS as an annual injection to:
Groups eligible for flu vaccination are based on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The national flu immunisation programme aims to provide direct protection to those who are at higher risk of flu associated morbidity and mortality. This includes older people, pregnant women, and those with certain underlying medical conditions. In 2012 JCVI recommended extending vaccination to children to provide both individual protection to the children themselves and reduce transmission across all age groups. JCVI recommended that children are offered a live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), administered as a nasal spray.
In 2017/18 the following are eligible for flu vaccination:
· all children aged two to eight (but not nine years or older) on 31 August 2017 (with LAIV – nasal flu vaccine) – 2 & 3 year olds through general practice and all others through schools
· those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
· pregnant women
· those aged 65 years and over
· those in long-stay residential care homes
· Frontline health and social care workers should be provided with flu vaccination by their employer.
New for 2017/18
· Morbidly obese: Vaccination of the morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
Delivery through the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service will continue in 2017/18. Eligible adults aged 18 years and over will have the choice of getting their flu vaccine at a pharmacy.
Find out more about who should have the flu jab.
Flu nasal spray vaccination
The flu vaccine is given as an annual nasal spray to:
children aged two to 18 years at risk of flu
Read more about the flu nasal spray for children.
For more information on the flu please see NHS Choices website.
If you are in the high risk group as listed above please attend one of our walk in flu vaccination clinics.
Flu Vaccinations walk in clinics in 2017 will be on the following Dates & Times:
If you are not in the high risk groups then the flu jab is not available on
Last updated 20 June 2018