Flu Vaccination

It’s time to think about getting a flu vaccination.

Winter is on its way and now is the time to start thinking about getting your flu vaccination. The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu. It reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

If you have a long- term health condition, even one that is well managed, or you are pregnant, you are at greater risk of severe complications if you catch flu. The vaccination is particularly important for those who are at increased risk of flu and it is vital that those who are eligible have the vaccine every year as it protects against different strains of flu which evolve each year. 

Don't put off getting the flu vaccination. If you are eligible get it now; it's free because you need it. Arrange to get your free vaccination now at your local pharmacy. 

Dr. Mary Orhewere from Public Health Suffolk talks Flu:


Those eligible for the free flu vaccination:

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those aged six months to under 65 in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • all two, three and four-year-olds (on 31 August 2016)
  • all children of school years 1 and 2 age:

-       Year 1 school age: 5 year olds, rising to 6 year olds (i.e date of birth between 1st September 2010and on or before 31st August 2011)

-       Year 2 school age: 6 year olds, rising to 7 years olds (i.e date of birth between 1st September 2009 and on or before 31st August 2010)

  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • primary school-aged children in areas that previously participated in primary school pilots in 2014/15 

Year one and two school children will also be offered a free nasal flu vaccine through their school immunisation team. The nasal spray vaccination is a quick, painless and effective way for children aged 2-4, and in school years 1 and 2, to be protected from flu without the need for injections. 

If you do not fall into one of the eligible categories, you can still get a flu vaccination for a small fee, available widely from most pharmacies.

Flu Clinics

You can arrange to get your FREE flu vaccination from your local pharmacy or GP practice. 

Dr Paul Kaiser, a GP in Wickham Market and a member of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Flu occurs every year and for many people will result in symptoms such as headaches, aches, pains and tiredness. However, for people in at-risk groups flu can have serious consequences.  This can lead to existing health conditions getting worse or the patient developing an illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia, often resulting in a hospital stay. Pregnant women should know that a bout of the flu could leave their child with a life-long health condition.

Find out more

View the flu vaccination winter 2016/17 leaflet here

NHS Choices

Public Health England