Free flu jab




If you are eligible for your free flu jab, you will have been contacted by the surgery

You may have some questions about the vaccination, see below for the ten most common answers to queries you may have:   

  1. Flu is much worse than a heavy cold flu symptoms can be severe and can come on suddenly. You’re likely to spend several days in bed and feel very unwell. Some people become seriously ill and have to go to hospital.
  2. You are at greater risk of complications from flu – you’re eligible for flu vaccination because you need it.
  3. The flu vaccine is very safe.
  4. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus.
  5. The flu vaccine cannot give you flu your arm might be a bit sore where you were injected and some people have a slight temperature
  6. The flu vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system to make antibodies to attack the flu virus – if you’re exposed to the virus after you’ve been vaccinated, your immune system will recognise the virus and produce antibodies to fight it.
  7. It can take up to 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to work, so get vaccinated as soon as you can.
  8. You need to have the flu vaccine each year because the circulating strains of the virus change and so different vaccines are produced to match.
  9. Pregnant people can have the vaccination at any stage of pregnancy, flu can make you and your baby very ill. Vaccination can also protect your baby against flu after they’re born and during their first few months.
  10.  Your vaccination helps to protect those around you too, so elderly relatives, those with long-term conditions and other family members are all protected by your vaccination.

If Mayfield surgery have yet to contact you, it means that the current offer does not apply to you and we will be in contact in the near future.

Published: Nov 6, 2023