If you fall into one of the Department of Health 'priority groups' for flu vaccination, you are advised to arrange vaccination with your GP. Priority groups are those at risk from complications of influenza such as the elderly, very young, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions including chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic renal disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes controlled with insulin or tablets, lowered immune system. If you do not fall into one of the priority groups your GP will not normally provide vaccination.
If you would like to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza the following private clinics provide this service at varying costs:
Boots (Tottenham Court Road– by appointment or drop-in service) http://www.boots.com/flujab
The Royal Free Travel Health Centre (Hampstead) http://www.travelclinicroyalfree.com/
Flu jabs (Fleet Street clinic) http://www.flujabs.org/
The Avian and Swine Influenza outbreaks have led to concerns about the creation of new strains of the human influenza virus to which the population would have little immunity. These concerns have led to heightened influenza surveillance both internationally and throughout the UK. For more information visit: http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/influenza_h7n9/en/index.html