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  1. Who can get a flu vaccine
  2. Get a flu vaccine
  3. About flu
  4. Flu and COVID-19

Who can get a flu vaccine

The list of people who are eligible for a flu vaccine has been expanded for 2020. This includes people on the NHS shielded patient list for COVID-19, and their household contacts.

For a full list of who is eligible, go to NHS: Flu vaccine.

Some children can get the flu vaccination this year. For information visit NHS: Children's flu vaccine.

Get a flu vaccine

If you are eligible, make sure you get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and others.

You can get your flu jab at a:

  • GP
  • pharmacy

To book your flu jab, contact the venue you'd like to attend.

About flu

Flu is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly.

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, extreme tiredness and aches and pains in the joints and muscles.

Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death. 

The best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts, which is early Autumn.

Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition or are pregnant the effects of flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well.

For more information visit NHS: Flu.

Flu and COVID-19

The flu vaccine won't protect you against COVID-19. But it will help protect you against flu, which is an unpleasant and potentially serious infection that can cause complications leading to hospital admission.

Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu.

To find out about the procedures in place to remain COVID-19 secure while receiving the vaccine, speak to your GP or pharmacist.

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