Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating this winter, the national flu immunisation programme will be absolutely essential to protecting vulnerable people and supporting the resilience of the health and care system. The vaccination changes each year, so even if you had the vaccination last year, you won’t be protected against this year’s flu strain.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccination if you fall in any of the below categories:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- certain children
- aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- in primary school*
- in year 7 (secondary school)*
- frontline health or social care workers
*these groups should be vaccinated in schools rather than in the practice
If you don’t fall into any of these categories, you can still get a flu jab privately at your local pharmacy. Find out more here.
Still unsure if you are eligible, feel free to give us a call on the number below. Additional eligibility for those between 50-64 (and not falling into the categories above) may be added later in the year.
Information On The Vaccines
This year there will be four vaccines in circulation – your clinician will select the correct one based on age and allergies and go through this with you at your appointment. Children are eligible for nasal spray vaccines.
All vaccines have either been inactivated or weakened so they cannot give you the flu.
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