According to the NHS, the best time of year to get the flu jab is in the autumn, spanning from the beginning of October until the end of November. Flu season peaks in December and January – when most people are ill due to the virus.
Not everyone needs a flu vaccine, but some people greatly benefit from receiving one.
If you had a flu vaccine last year, you need to get another this year as the virus changes every year.
This means the vaccine this year may be different from the one offered last year.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they’ll be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under two years old.
Can anyone NOT have the Flu vaccine?
Anyone who has previously had the vaccine and suffered an allergic reaction to one of its ingredients is not allowed to have the vaccine.
However, according to the NHS, allergic reactions are rare.
If you have an egg allergy you will also have to take precautions as some vaccines are made using eggs.
For people who have a fever, it is best to postpone the vaccine until this has gone.