This year, the FREE flu jab is available to:
- All children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2021
- All children in primary school and secondary school
- People over the age of 50
- Those under 50 years old who are in clinical risk groups
- Pregnant women
- Unpaid carers
- Close contacts of someone who is immunocompromised (has a weak immune system)
- Frontline health and adult social care staff
Why is it important to have the flu vaccine?
- More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
- If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
- Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses
Where to get the flu vaccine?
You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:
- Your GP surgery
- A pharmacy offering the service
- In school
- Your midwifery service if you're pregnant
- A hospital appointment
It's safe to have your flu jab and Covid-19 booster jab at the same time.