About Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine to help protect people at risk of flu and its complication. People are recommended to be vaccinated at any time during the flu season, which runs from September until March.

Who should consider having a flu vaccination?

  • aged 65 years or over
  • living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • a household contact of someone on the NHS Shielded Patient List
  • a frontline health or social care worker
  • pregnant (see the next section)
  • children of a certain age (see page 7–8)

How long will I be protected for?

The vaccine should provide protection throughout the current flu season.

What are the side effects?

Most people who get Flu vaccine experience no side effects at all. Some people report having very mild side effects. The most common side effects of Flu vaccine include:

  • Pain, redness or swelling in the arm where the shot was given
  • a runny or blocked nose
  • headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite