The flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies (proteins that fight infection). If you have had the flu vaccine and you come into contact with the flu virus, the vaccine can stop you from getting sick. The flu vaccine starts to work within 2 weeks.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccine contains protection against 4 strains of flu virus. These are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season
Some people are more at risk of getting complications if they catch flu.
You can get the flu vaccine for free if you:
- Are 65 years of age and over
- Are pregnant
- Are a child aged 2 to 12 years (new for 2020/2021)
- Are an adult or child aged 6 months or older with a long-term health condition
- Work in healthcare
- Are a carer or live with someone who is at risk of flu because of a long-term health condition