The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications.

Although many people think ‘it’s just the flu’ – for those in vulnerable groups such as living with a long term condition, over 65s and pregnant women, the effects of flu can be much more devastating.

Each year the vaccination is free for people most ‘at risk’ of having severe flu:

  • anyone aged 65 and over

  • pregnant women

  • children and adults aged 6 months to 65 years with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease, weakened immune system or have a learning disability)

  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020

  • children in primary school

  • carers

  • people living in long stay residential care homes

  • frontline health or social care workers

And this year it has also been expanded to include the following:

  • people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)

  • children in year 7 (secondary school)

  • People aged 50 to 64 without a long-term condition (from November onwards if sufficient vaccine stock is available)

Flu Vaccinations

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