How can I protect myself, my family and those around me from the flu?

Flu is very infectious and the virus can live on hands and hard surfaces for up to 24 hours. This is why it is important to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” - “Catch” any sneezes in a tissue, “Bin” any tissues immediately and “Kill” the virus by washing your hands with soap and warm water. Avoid contact with sick people and wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. If you are unwell, look after yourself, drink plenty of fluids and stay at home so you don’t spread flu to others.

The vaccine remains the best defence  to protect against the spread of flu and we encourage everyone eligible to get it each year.

The flu vaccine remains the best defence  against flu and protects those people who are most vulnerable.

Certain groups of people are at higher risk from flu, including adults aged 65 and over, those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and frontline health and social care workers.



Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them. 

The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:

  • adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
  • pregnant women 
  • children aged six months to two years at risk of flu

Shingles vaccination 20/21

Who’s eligible?

Aged 70 years?

Plus anyone in their 70s who was born after 1 September 1942 and has not yet had the vaccine.

Aged78 years?

Plus anyone aged 79 years old who has missed out on the vaccine but before your 80th birthday.

Protect yourself from the pain of shingles – speak to us about having your vaccine today!

MEN ACWY Immunisation Programme 

When will I get the vaccination?

It’s recommended that all first time university entrants (‘freshers’) up to 25 years old should have the MenACWY vaccine before or soon after they start university. New university students are at particularly high risk in the first weeks of term when they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age. Do I have to have it? No, but the best way to help protect yourself is by having the MenACWY vaccine. You have to consent to have the vaccine. 

What do I need to do if I’m starting university this autumn?

New university students are at particularly high risk in the first weeks of term. You should always register with a GP in the area when you start university and you can arrange to get the vaccine there if you haven’t already had it. You should do that straight away – ideally before you start university or as soon as possible after – don’t leave it till later. If in doubt, please phone the surgery.

Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website