The flu vaccination programme is very well thought through and we are fortunate in the UK to live in a part of the world where vaccinations are freely available.

Having a thyroid disorder (whether it is an autoimmune disease or not) is not generally considered to give you an increased risk of developing seasonal flu compared to any other member of the general population. Therefore, unless you fall within one of the following categories who are at greater risk of complications from the flu you are unlikely to be offered the flu vaccine:

  • people aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with certain health conditions (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems as the result of conditions such as HIV and Aids, or medicines such as steroid tablets and chemotherapy
  • are living in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 
  • live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Teenage girls are now routinely offered the HPV vaccine which protects women against developing cervical cancer. There is no reason why a girl who has been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder should not be given this important vaccination.

If you have any particular concerns about your vaccinations you should always discuss these with your doctor.

More information about the seasonal flu vaccine for people with medical conditions is available on the NHS website

More information on living with thyroid disorders is available here. Many patients also find our network of volunteer telephone contacts and local support groups a valuable resource.

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