Seasonal Flu vaccination

If you are in one of the at-risk groups, its really important that you take up the offer of your free flu vaccination as soon as possible. Find out more about who is at risk and take a few moments to watch our short video clips about the potential consequences of not having the vaccination below.

People with existing health conditions

If you have an existing health problem, you are at greater risk of developing complications from flu and making your condition worse. Contact your GP or a community pharmacist and get your free flu jab today.

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:

This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement.

Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.

The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you are not technically in one of the risk groups above.

If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about this.

Pregnant women and children aged 2 to 9

This year, the flu vaccine is being offered to children aged 2 to 9 via a nasal spray. It’s fast, easy and painless – no injections!

If your child is aged 2 or 3, contact their GP surgery today to take up the offer and help protect your children this winter.

If your child is in reception or years 1 to 5 at school, look out for the letter offering them the vaccination and sign the consent form.

Children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition are also eligible for a vaccine via their GP surgery.

It is also vital that women who are pregnant are vaccinated against flu, as both mother and baby are at risk of serious complications, including premature birth and low birth rate. It is safe to have the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Speak to your GP surgery or midwife about taking up the offer of your vaccination, or read more about the flu vaccine in pregnancy here.

Adults aged 65 or over

If you’re 65 or over, you’re at higher risk of complications from flu such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Contact your GP surgery or community pharmacist and take up the offer of your free flu jab today.

Flu vaccine for carers

If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.

Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website.