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Rusholme Health Centre, Walmer Street, Manchester, M14 5NP, Telephone: 0161 225 6699, Fax: 0161 248 4580

Flu vaccinations


Flu is not the same as a bad cold. Flu can be a very serious illness that can put you in hospital. Unfortunately flu can be a fatal illness. The risk of being very ill from flu is higher if you are older, for young children or if you have certain other medical conditions. The NHS provides free flu jabs for those at higher risk, listed below.

A flu jab can stop you getting the flu. The jab does not protect against common colds, even bad ones. The strains of flu in circulation vary from year to year, so it's important to have the jab every year.

Who can have the jab?

You are eligible for a free (NHS) flu jab if you are:

  • Aged 65 or over on 31 March next year
  • Aged 2-4 on 1 September this year (nasal spray vaccination)

Or if you are aged from 6 months to 65 years and you:

  • Live in a residential or nursing home
  • Are the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • Live in the same household as a person with lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have one of the long-term conditions listed below:-
  • A heart problem
  • A chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis or emphysema (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Asthma, if you have had steroid inhalers or steroid tablets in the last year or been admitted to hospital for asthma in the last year
  • Kidney disease
  • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
  • Liver disease
  • Previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Diabetes
  • A neurological condition, for example multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
  • A problem with your spleen, for example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed

How will I know when to have the jab?

Vaccines are usually delivered at the end of September or beginning of October each year. Keep an eye on our web site for a News article saying that appointments are available and then ring us. The receptionist will check you are eligible and book you an appointment.


What if I don't want the jab?

If you decide you don't want to have the vaccine, please let a receptionist know, so that we don't chase you up!

What if I am not eligible?

If you are not eligible for a free vaccination from the NHS, then you may be able to have one privately. Some pharmacies or large supermarkets offer this service. They set their own charges.


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