I have never had a Flu jab before, and I’ve never had the Flu. Why should I be vaccinated now? 

About flu
Last updated: 11/11/23
ANSWER BY: Dr Richard Dawood Medical Director
Date Added: 09/08/21

Flu can be highly unpredictable and is highly contagious so anyone can get it when it is circulating in the community. And no one is completely immune, so there is always a chance you can catch it. Past success in avoiding flu won’t guarantee you’ll be protected in future.

If you have never been exposed to the virus and you choose not to be vaccinated, your body will have no antibody protection to help with fighting the virus if or when you are exposed in future. You may be lucky enough to only develop a mild illness, but it is also quite possible for you to become very sick indeed. It is entirely up to you, whether to playing the odds or to take a positive step to protect yourself.

The flu jab also offers wider community protection if enough people are vaccinated. There are many vulnerable people in the community who may not be protected: your vaccination helps them als. and reduces spread in an outbreak.

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