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Influenza vaccination

Influenza vaccination

Influenza vaccination

Influenza vaccination is available annually at the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk for influenza and its complications. The flu can be unpleasant, but if you are a healthy person, you usually get over it within a week and get better. However, in some people, such as the following, the flu may be more severe:

Anyone 65 years and older

Pregnant women

Children and adults at risk for health (such as people with heart disease or long-term respiratory illness)

Children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these high-risk groups is more likely to be exposed to potentially serious consequences of the flu, such as pneumonia (lung infection). Therefore, it is recommended that these people receive a flu shot every year.

Who should get the flu shot?

The NHS flu vaccine is given to the following people:

Adults 65 years and older

People with special medical conditions (including children in risk groups at 6 months)

Pregnant women

Children 2 and 3 years old

Children at the beginning of school and in the early years

For 2021, there are three types of flu vaccine:

A live quadruple vaccine (resistant to four types of influenza and attenuated by live attenuated influenza virus): This vaccine protects against four types of influenza and is used as a nasal spray. This type is eligible for children and adolescents aged 2 to 17 years to receive the flu vaccine.

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A quadruple vaccine (resistant to four types of flu): This vaccine is for adults 18 to 65 years of age who are at high risk for the flu due to long-term health problems, as well as for children 6 months and older who are eligible. They are eligible to receive the vaccine but cannot receive the live vaccine.

A triple-dose vaccine (resistant to three types of flu): This type is for people 65 and older who have been shown to be more effective in this age group.

If your child is between 6 months and 2 years old and is at high risk for the flu, he or she will be given the injectable flu vaccine because nasal sprays are not allowed for children under 2 years of age. Consult your GP or your clinic’s doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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