The NHS flu vaccination programme has so far successfully vaccinated more people than in previous years with a high proportion of those most at risk already vaccinated. However, there are still more people to reach and the aim is to get as many people vaccinated in the next few months as we possibly can. If you are over 65, pregnant or if you have a long term health condition that puts you at greater risk, the flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you.
Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter. The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19 but it will help protect you against flu and the potentially serious infection that can cause complications, leading to hospital admission. People vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu so if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill. If you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It’ll be effective at helping to prevent flu.
GPs and teams have now started delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the community, starting with those most vulnerable. If you have been offered both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine, you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.
If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and others from flu this winter. You can have your flu vaccine at your GP surgery, community pharmacy or via your midwifery service if you are pregnant.
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