The vaccine is free if you are:
- 65 years old or over
- Have certain medical conditions
- Living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- A carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- Living with someone who’s at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over the flu season
Getting flu and coronavirus at the same time could be devastating to your immune system. Catching either coronavirus or flu, weakens your immune system putting you at higher risk to then catching the other virus.
Have you had your flu virus vaccine?
GPs and pharmacies will be delivering the vaccines as usual this year, but in a Covid-secure way.
If you think you may be eligible for free flu vaccine on the NHS, phone your GP surgery or local pharmacy to arrange an appointment.
If you aren’t eligible for a free flu jab, you can still get one to protect yourself against the flu virus, and stop you passing it on to vulnerable people around you. A flu jab costs £10-£20. Speak to a pharmacist for more information.
The flu virus vaccine cannot give you flu, but it may make you feel a little unwell for a short time. But having the flu virus can make you feel much more unwell, and can it can be deadly for older and vulnerable people.
Accessing GP services
Due to the coronavirus, the way you contact your GP surgery is different at the moment. This is to limit face-face contact where possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Face-to-face appointments are available to patients, but you may be asked to discuss your conditions over the phone or online first to assess what would be most appropriate for you.
As well as face-to-face consultations, many GP practices are offering consultations online or over the phone. This can be a convenient and flexible way to receive healthcare, but if you would prefer to see a GP or healthcare professional in person then this can be arranged for you.
Four ways to seek healthcare advice from a GP
- Call your surgery to discuss a face-to-face or virtual (telephone or video) appointment.
- Visit your GP surgery website and complete a confidential online form to receive a response before the end of the next working day.
- Call NHS 111 or go online to seek advice https://111.nhs.uk/
- Download an app, like the NHS App on your smartphone or tablet, to order repeat prescriptions, book appointments and check your symptoms.