Flu is always unpredictable and this season it is even more unpredictable than ever before as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The influenza virus can be life-threatening, spread more easily in winter and it’s easy for us to pass the virus on without knowing.
The best way to stay protected is by getting the flu vaccine.
You are eligible for the flu vaccine if you:
- are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in a long-stay residential care
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- are frontline health or social care workers
Some children will also be offered the vaccine in a nasal spray, which is safe and effective. Find out who is eligible and where children will get the nasal vaccine spray.
It’s now more important than ever that you help us to help you and protect yourself, protect your family and those you care for. If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, please take it when you are offered.
Who is eligible and why do we need the flu vaccine?
Why do children need the flu vaccine, and is the nasal flu spray effective?
We talk to Dr Tania, parent to parent, about why children need to be protected from flu and how children can get the vaccine.