Flu vaccinations are available each year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. Flu can be extremely unpleasant and can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia. This year more than ever the flu vaccine is essential for vulnerable persons given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But where can you get a flu jab?
What is the flu jab?
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications.
Flu can have more severe consequences for certain people including:
- Anyone aged 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- Children and adults with an underlying health condition, such as respiratory disease
- Children and adults with weakened immune systems.
Any person in one of these higher-risk groups can develop more serious complications of flu, so it is recommended that they have a flu vaccine each year to help protect them.
Can you get a flu vaccine if you are not in a high-risk group?
Adults who are not eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine can pay for the flu jab privately.
The flu jab is available at most pharmacies or in supermarkets.
The flu jab is provided on a private patient basis and typically costs up to £20.
How effective is the flu jab?
The flu jab is deemed to be the best protection against the flu.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you from getting the flu, but it is not a 100 percent guarantee that you will be flu-free.
But it is likely any flu symptoms will be milder and shorter-lived than it would have otherwise been without the flu jab.
There is also some evidence that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.