Annual flu programme

Seasonal influenza (flu) is an unpredictable but recurring pressure that the NHS faces every winter. Vaccination offers the best protection.

The flu programme is a coordinated and evidence based approach to planning for the demands of flu across England.

Each year the NHS prepares for the unpredictability of flu. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.

However, the following people are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu:

  • older people
  • the very young
  • pregnant women
  • those with underlying disease, particularly chronic respiratory or cardiac disease
  • those who are immunosuppressed

Flu immunisation elearning programme

An interactive flu immunisation elearning programme, written by PHE, and produced by Health Education England’s eLearning for Healthcare, is available for anyone involved in delivering the flu immunisation programme.

Video for health professionals

NHS Education for Scotland has made a video for health professionals on how to administer the vaccine.