Flu Vaccination Information

This year more people than ever are being offered a free flu jab. Find out who is eligible and where you can get it.
needle with flu vaccine being injected into arm

The NHS is asking everyone who is at risk of being affected by the flu to get vaccinated this autumn. By having the flu vaccination, you will help protect yourself and others from what can sometimes be a severe illness. You will also be helping to protect the NHS from coming under pressure this winter.

Who is eligible for a free vaccine?  

  • all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
  • those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 50 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline health and social care staff employed by:
    • a registered residential care or nursing home
    • registered domiciliary care provider
    • a voluntary managed hospice provider
    • Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants.

You can read more information here including a list of clinical 'at risk' groups and more information about the flu vaccine and pregnant women

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 Where to get the flu vaccine?

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, then your GP surgery will contact you to arrange this. 

If you are entitled to a free flu vaccine then you can also book your flu vaccine at a participating pharmacy. You can find your local participating pharmacies here

School nurses will give children the flu nasal spray  

Can I get the covid booster vaccine at the same time?

You can find out more about the Covid booster vaccination program here.

The JCVI has also advised that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered. The NHS will now consider where it’s appropriate for co-administration to be used to support the roll-out of both programmes and where waiting to deliver one vaccine does not unduly delay administration of the other. It is important people take up the offer of both vaccines when they receive it, so people  are encouraged to get both vaccinations as soon as possible rather than waiting for the possibility of getting them together.

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