Flu

The autumn Covid-19 vaccination campaign has now ended. Please keep checking these pages for updates about future campaigns. However, anyone eligible for a free flu vaccination can still contact their GP practice or visit a pharmacy offering the service, if aged 18 and over, until 31st March 2024.

Flu will often get better on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill. It’s important to get the flu vaccine if you’re advised to.

It’s important to get your seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccinations if you’re at higher risk of getting seriously ill from these illnesses.

Who should have the flu vaccine?

You may be able get the NHS flu and Covid-19 vaccines if you:

  • are aged 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • have certain health conditions or a learning disability
  • are pregnant
  • live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • are a carer
  • are a frontline health or social care worker
  • live in a care home

Most children can get the children’s flu vaccine. This includes children who were aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023, school-aged children (Reception to Year 11) and children with certain health conditions.

How to get the flu vaccine

If you’re eligible for an NHS flu vaccine, you can:

You do not have to wait for an invitation before booking an appointment.

Some people may be able to get vaccinated through their maternity service, care home or their employer if they are a frontline health or social care worker.

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