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 does not give you an increased risk of developing 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 need or be offered the flu vaccine:

  • people aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

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.

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