Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus that happens every year, usually in the winter. The virus changes each year and so the vaccines are also changed each year and made to match the viruses expected. 

The vaccine is safe and cannot give you flu.

You should definitely have the free seasonal flu vaccination if you have:

  • a heart problem

  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma, bronchitis or emphysema

  • a kidney disease

  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)

  • a liver disease

  • had a stroke or a 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

You should also have the seasonal flu vaccination if you:

  • are aged 65 or over

  • live in a residential or nursing home

  • are a main carer (paid or unpaid)

  • are pregnant

This year, all children aged between two and four are also eligible for a free nasal spray vaccination. You can find out more about this here.

How to get the seasonal flu vaccination in the Rochdale borough:

Vaccinations are available at your GP practice from October onwards. Contact your practice to book an appointment.

A number of local pharmacies will also be offering vaccinations between 1 November and 28 February. This list shows which pharmacies are participating.

Further information

For further information about the seasonal flu vaccination, visit

NHS England leaflet: The flu vaccination winter 2014/15 - who should have it and why

NHS England leaflet: Flu, your pregnancy and you

Watch our video about the seasonal flu vaccine - available in seven languages: English, British Sign Language, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Polish and Urdu.



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