Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
people aged 65 or over,
people aged 6 months to 65 years with a serious medical conditions including:
Diabetes Coronary Heart Disease or Heart failure, Asthmatics taking oral or inhaled steroids, Emphysema, Chronic lung disease, Stroke, Multiple sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Chronic Kidney or Liver disease, Sickle cell anaemia, Removal of spleen for any reason, Organ transplantation, Immunosuppressant therapy including cancer therapy, Rheumatoid arthritis SLE(Lupus)
people living in a residential or nursing home
the main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill
healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care
Also a Shingles vaccine is available to people who fit the criteria which is you must of been aged between 71-73 & 78-80 if you are younger or older you are NOT eligible for this vaccine.
For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab.
HPA - Season Flu Guide
RCGP & RPS Joint Statement on Flu Vaccines
Seasonal Flu guide
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.