This winter there are three different types of flu vaccination.
As winter approaches people with diabetes are reminded that they should book their annual flu vaccination.
The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
People with diabetes are one of the ‘at risk’ groups of flu that includes; anyone aged over 65, pregnant women, children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease) and children and adults with weakened immune systems.
Anyone in these at risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it is recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
This year there are three different types of flu vaccine:
- children aged 2 to 17 in an eligible group are offered a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV), given as a nasal spray
- adults aged 18 to 64 who are either pregnant, or at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition, are offered a quadrivalent injected vaccine – the vaccine offered will have been grown either in eggs or cells (QIVe or QIVc), which are considered to be equally suitable
- adults aged 65 and over will be offered either an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine grown in eggs (aTIV) or a cell-grown quadrivalent injected vaccine (QIVc) – both vaccines are considered to be equally suitable.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they'll be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.
Contact your GP to arrange a flu vaccination
All patients at risk are eligible for vaccination at their GP practice.
People aged over 18 can also get vaccinated at participating pharmacies.