The vaccine takes around 10 days to work and will help protect you from flu during the winter months. You have to get immunised every year because the viruses change constantly and your immunity reduces over time.
The flu vaccine can’t give you flu, but it can stop you catching it.
Over the last 10 years, the flu vaccine has generally been a good match for the circulating strains of flu so you can be confident getting vaccinated is the best way to help protect yourself against flu. Even when it's not as well matched, if you catch flu and you've had the vaccine, symptoms may be less severe, and you may be less likely to develop complications.
Vaccines have to be thoroughly tested for safety before they're made routinely available.
Each vaccine's safety is continually monitored, even after it's been introduced. This is because not all side effects are picked up during the vaccine's development, especially if they're very rare.
Flu vaccine and egg allergy
Confirmed egg albumin allergy (no history of anaphylaxis): Please contact Occupational Health to arrange to be given a low egg-albumin-containing brand of the flu vaccine.
Confirmed history of egg albumin anaphylaxis: Please contact Occupational Health for advice.
In 2020, health care workers will be offered quadrivalent inactive flu vaccine (QIV). Please contact Occupational Health if you are under 18 years of age as you will require a different brand of the vaccine licensed for your age group.