Flu vaccination

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

This page will shortly be updated with information on our flu vaccination programme for 2022/2023.

Flu vaccination programme 2021-22

The NHS is delivering a safe and effective annual flu vaccination programme this autumn as it’s the best protection against flu and its complications.

Flu and COVID-19 can make some people seriously ill and it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine if you're eligible to, particularly as it is expected that this will be the first winter when COVID-19 will co-circulate alongside flu (the seasonal influenza virus).

In this Winter Vaccines Explained video, Dr Amir Khan, Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Karan Ranj explain why it is more important than ever for people to get their flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster as soon as possible this autumn as both viruses have the potential to cause serious illness and hospitalisation. Those eligible for the free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab are being urged to book their appointments as soon as possible in a new campaign aiming to help people give themselves and their loved ones essential protection this winter. This comes as new research suggests that adults in England are severely underestimating the combined threat of COVID-19 and flu this winter.

Boost your immunity this winter animation

To help raise awareness of those eligible for the flu vaccination this year and how it offers vital protection, please watch the animation below.

boost your immunity this winter video link

You can discover detailed information regarding coronavirus, including the latest Covid-19 FAQs, on the Covid-19 vaccination programme page.

Flu vaccine frequently asked questions

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu wash your hands often with warm water and soap, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze and bin used tissues as quickly as possible.

In addition to our resources and FAQs, check NHS.UK for detailed information about flu. Healthy Surrey also have lots of information on their Staying Safe and Well in Winter webpage.

A series of FAQs dedicated to the flu vaccination programme can be found on this webpage.

The following topics are covered:

  • Who can get a flu vaccine?
  • Can I have a flu vaccine and a Covid-19 vaccine?
  • When should you get your flu vaccine?
  • Where and how can I get my free flu vaccine?
  • Who should not have the flu vaccine?
  • Does the flu vaccine work and are there any side effects?
  • General questions about flu and the flu vaccine
  • The flu vaccine and pregnancy
  • The flu vaccine - information for people with learning disabilities
  • The flu vaccine and your child
  • Long term health conditions and the flu vaccine