West Essex Covid-19 & Flu Vaccinations

COVID-19 & Flu Vaccines

Where to get the flu vaccine

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery

  • a pharmacy offering the service

  • your midwifery service if you're pregnant

  • a hospital appointment

 

If you do not have your flu vaccine at your GP surgery, you do not have to tell the surgery. This will be done for you.

 

Find a pharmacy that offers the NHS flu vaccine 

Important - It's important to go to your vaccination appointments unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Is it okay to have the COVID-19 and flu jab at the same time?

Yes, the latest medical advice confirms that it's safe to receive both flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.  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.

Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Flu vaccination is important because:

  • more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill

  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses

 

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Who can have the flu vaccine?

 

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

  • are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)

  • have certain health conditions

  • are pregnant

  • are in 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)

  • frontline health or social care workers

 

For more information go to - NHS Flu Vaccine