Flu is serious and very different to getting a cold, last year it killed 15,969 people. That’s why the flu vaccination is free for people who are at particular risk, it’s the best protection we have against the flu virus.
These groups are eligible for a free flu vaccination:
- People aged 65 years and older
- Those with an underlying health condition
- People who are the main carer of an older or disabled person
There are some changes to the vaccination this year to make it more effective for people over 65 and those with long term health conditions. If you’re in these groups speak to your GP or pharmacist to arrange your vaccination now
These groups are also eligible:
- Pregnant women
- Children and 2 to 9 years old (quick and easy nasal spray – no injection)
.Children in reception and years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will get vaccinated in school, if parents/carers have given their consent. If you have a child in these years, make sure you sign the consent form in order for them get the vaccine at school, don’t worry, it’s not an injection, it’s a quick and easy nasal spray.
If you’re eligible, get your flu vaccination now, it’s free because you need it.
Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information.