Each year the flu kills on average 11,000 people and hospitalises thousands more. This year it’s more important than ever for people at risk to get their free flu vaccine.
By having the flu vaccination, you will help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal, illness which could lead to a hospital treatment.
This winter, many more people are eligible to have the free flu vaccine.
If you’re over 65, are pregnant, have a long-term health condition, or you’re in a shielding household, speak to your GP or pharmacist to get a free flu vaccine.
You can book online with your local pharmacist at my vaccinations.co.uk
Children aged 2-3 can get a free nasal spray at their GP.
School aged children up to year 7 will be offered the vaccine at school – if you have an eligible child, please make sure they get it to help stop the spread of flu.
The flu spreads from person to person – even amongst those not showing symptoms. The vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you. Find out more.
See below for a full list of those eligible for the vaccine. If you are eligible for a free vaccination, your GP practice will contact you directly by letter or text to arrange it.
Useful links and resources
For the public:
- Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why’ leaflet (available in multiple languages)
- NHS England information about the flu vaccination
- Book your flu vaccination online with your local pharmacist at myvaccinations.co.uk
- Promotional social media resources for GP practices (available in multiple languages) – download ‘Just The Flu’ messaging or ‘Flu Can Be Serious’ messaging.
Frequently asked questions
Are you considering not getting the flu vaccine this year? Or is there something about it that concerns you? Read below for more information on why it’s good to get vaccinated, and how to find out more.