Flu

You may be eligible for a flu vaccine this year. Help protect yourself from potentially serious complications of flu by getting the vaccine. It is especially important this year that we do everything we can to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

Read NHS information about why vaccines are safe and important.

Who the vaccine is available to on the NHS

This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:

  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • children in primary school
  • children in year 7 (secondary school)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Where to get the vaccine

You can have your NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a local pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if they offer it for pregnant women

Some community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (but not children) at risk from flu, including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers. If you have your flu vaccine at a pharmacy, you do not have to inform a GP. It's up to the pharmacist to do that. 

This year, Redbridge GPs are lending their voice to ensure our communities do not experience the feared double epidemic of COVID-19 and Flu. They remind us of the importance of overcoming the fear of COVID-19 transmission by contacting your GP Practice, getting flu vaccination, washing hands regularly [HANDS], using face coverings [FACE] and maintaining social distancing [SPACE].

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Find all the information you need about the flu vaccine

Read full information about the flu vaccine, why you should get it and how effective it is on the NHS flu vaccine webpage.

Redbridge Public Health have also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and mythbusters

 

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