Flu jabs

Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be a really serious illness for some.

The flu and the flu vaccine

The flu isn't just a cold, it can be a really serious illness. The flu jab can help protect people of all ages and is perfectly safe. The vaccine protects against three types of flu virus: A/H1N1, A/H3N2 and Influenza B. The virus changes every year so it's important to get a jab each year. People who are older, pregnant and with health conditions are among those recommended to get the vaccine.

Find out more about the flu and the flu vaccine.

Who should have the vaccine

Those who are recommended to have the flu vaccine include:

  • Everyone aged 65 and over
  • Everyone under 65 years of age who has a medical condition (e.g. seriously overweight with BMI over 40, diabetes, asthma, heart problems), including children and babies over six months of age
  • All pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy (find out more)
  • Everyone living in a residential or nursing home
  • Everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
  • Household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
  • All frontline health and social care workers (read guidance)
  • Young children (find out more)

Read the who should have the flu vaccination and why leaflet for more information.

The flu vaccine for children

The flu can be really serious, especially for children with medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. The nasal spray vaccination for children, which is easy to have and painless, helps to protect against flu and has an excellent safety record. Protecting your child can stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu.

It is recommended that the flu vaccine be given to:

  • All two and three year old children (the vaccine is given at your general practice).
  • All children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (the vaccine will be provided at school through the School-Aged Immunisation Team)

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Immunisations Team deliver the school-aged immunisations programme in the London Borough of Richmond.

For more information visit the Trust’s immunisations page and read the latest NHS guidance on flu vaccinations for children.

Getting the jab

Even if you had a flu jab last winter you will need another one this year as the vaccine is changed annually to fight the latest strains of flu.

Read the 2019/20 Flu Vaccination Guidelines. This has full details on who should have the jab and why.

For advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

You can get the jab from:

The jab will help protect you and your family from flu.

Keeping warm this winter 

Help protect yourself as well by finding out how best to prepare for winter. Read the wrap up warm this winter leaflet (pdf, 1.2 MB) for helpful tips and find out about heating grants to help keep you and your family warm.


Updated: 6 December 2019