Flu Clinic

Flu vaccine

Flu vaccination is safe and effective. It's offered every year through the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

This page is about flu vaccination for adults.

Find out about flu vaccination for children

The best time to have your flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading. But you can get your vaccine later.

 

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

 

COVID-19 booster vaccine

Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines.

If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine and who can get it

 

Who can have the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:

If you’re in this age group and have a long-term health condition that puts you at risk from flu, you do not have to wait until mid-October.

 

Flu vaccine for people with long-term health conditions

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:

 

Flu vaccine if you're pregnant

You should have the flu vaccine if you're pregnant to help protect you and your baby.

It's safe to have a flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

 

Who should not have the flu vaccine

Most adults can have the flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

You may be at risk of an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine injection if you have an egg allergy. This is because some flu vaccines are made using eggs.

Ask a GP or pharmacist for a low-egg or egg-free vaccine.

If you're ill with a high temperature, it's best to wait until you're better before having the flu vaccine.

 

How effective is the flu vaccine?

Vaccination gives the best protection against flu.

Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there's still a chance you might get flu.

If you do get flu after vaccination, it's likely to be milder and not last as long.

Having a flu vaccine may help stop you spreading flu to other people who could be more at risk of serious problems from flu.

It can take 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to work.

 

Flu vaccine side effects

Flu vaccines are very safe. All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.

Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:

Try these tips to help reduce the discomfort:

 

Flu vaccine ingredients

There are several types of injected flu vaccine. None of them contain live viruses so they cannot give you flu.

If you're eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS, you'll be offered one that's most appropriate for you.

Talk to a GP, practice nurse or pharmacist for more information about these vaccines.

Read more about why vaccination is safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

 

More information and other formats

 

How to book your appointment

If you're eligible for a free flu vaccine, you can book your appointment by popping into surgery or calling us during our quieter periods on 0151-727-5555

Everyone who is eligible for the free flu vaccine will be able to get it.  If you can not get an appointment straight away, request to be booked in for an appointment when more vaccines are available.