Protect yourself and prevent serious illness this winter: get vaccinated!

Have you had your winter vaccines yet? This is especially important if you have a long-term health condition, such as asthma, diabetes or a heart condition. Flu and COVID can be unpleasant for us all, but these viruses can cause serious complications for those who are at higher risk due to existing health issues. Catching flu or COVID could increase the risk of developing illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or it could make an existing condition worse even if symptoms are well managed and you usually feel well.

The vaccines are safe and effective and offer the best protection this winter. Anyone not yet vaccinated is encouraged to do so as soon as possible. 

Flu and COVID vaccines are updated regularly because the viruses themselves change over time. So, it’s a good idea to get vaccinated again – even if you’ve had vaccines or boosters for flu and COVID-19 in the past.

Photo of Dr Selvaraasan, a Greater Manchester GP, with a stethoscope around her neck. 
Quote from Dr Selvaraasan: Everybody has busy lives, but it takes less than five minutes to have your COVID-19 and flu vaccinations that can save you from spending days, if not weeks in hospital.”

The flu vaccine is available at your GP practice and some local pharmacies. To find your nearest participating pharmacy, go to the Find A Pharmacy That Offers NHS Flu Vaccination page on the NHS Website.

COVID vaccines can be accessed quickly and easily at walk-in vaccine sites – without an appointment. To find your nearest, go to the Find a Walk-In Covid Vaccination Site page on the NHS website.

The NHS website includes accessibility information for vaccine sites, including wheelchair access and induction loop provision for hearing aid users. 

For more information, go to the Seasonal Vaccinations and Winter Health page on the NHS website.