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Flu Jabs

Flu Jabs

We are now taking appointments for both NHS* and Private flu vaccinations, starting from 18th September 2023. Please book via the Patient Access website -

*Free on the NHS for anyone over 65 years old (before 31.03.2024) and for people who are pregnant or have certain medical conditions.


As the seasons change and the colder months approach, a familiar health concern emerges in the United Kingdom and around the world: the flu. In the UK, flu vaccination plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of influenza and protecting public health. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of flu vaccination in the UK, understanding its benefits, addressing common misconceptions, and highlighting the collective responsibility to ensure a healthier and safer community.

The Impact of Influenza in the UK

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe symptoms. Every year, flu outbreaks lead to hospitalizations, missed workdays, and a strain on healthcare resources in the UK. Certain groups, including the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying health conditions, are particularly vulnerable to the severe effects of the flu.

Benefits of Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccination offers a range of benefits that extend beyond personal health:

  1. Protection of Vulnerable Populations: By getting vaccinated, you reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to those who are more susceptible to severe complications, including the elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

  2. Reduced Healthcare Burden: Widespread flu vaccination helps alleviate the burden on healthcare systems, preventing overcrowded hospitals during flu outbreaks.

  3. Prevention of Absenteeism: Workplace productivity can suffer during flu seasons due to employee absenteeism. Vaccination can help maintain a productive workforce.

  4. Community Immunity (Herd Immunity): When a significant portion of the population is vaccinated, the overall transmission of the virus is reduced, indirectly protecting those who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical reasons.

  5. Personal Health: Flu vaccination decreases the likelihood of falling ill with the flu and potentially experiencing severe symptoms.

Collective Responsibility for a Healthier Community

Flu vaccination is not just a personal choice; it's a responsibility to the community's well-being. By getting vaccinated, you contribute to a healthier environment, protect those who are at higher risk, and help prevent the strain on healthcare resources.