The flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. This year is even more important to be protected against the influenza.
Flu vaccine for adults can be given at the surgery or by your local chemist.
Children’s vaccine can only be done at the surgery or via school. Please check below where they will get their vaccine from.
When coming into the surgery for your flu vaccination, we will ask you to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing. If you are unwell with a fever or cough, please cancel your appointment and rebook when you are better. Do NOT attend the surgery.
Please wear a short sleeved top for easy access to your arm. Many patients will have appointments booked for flu vaccination so we will want to move carefully but quickly through the surgery.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- have certain medical conditions – see below for details
- are pregnant
- are very overweight
- you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, or a social care worker
Flu jab for people with medical conditions
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
Flu vaccine for children
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
- children aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2021 (that is, born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019) – From the surgery only, available now
- children in primary school – flu vaccine offered at school
- children in year 7-9 (secondary school) – flu vaccine offered at school
Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the nasal spray flu vaccine.
You can read more information by clicking Children’s Flu Vaccine overview.
Useful video – Routine Immunisation during the pandemic
Flu vaccine for healthy 50-64 year old
The flu vaccine is available to this group
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- are 65 years of age or over
- have certain medical conditions
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