WHO SHOULD HAVE A FLU VACCINATION

A flu vaccination is offered free of charge on the NHS to eligible people who are considered at risk, even if they feel well.

Risk factors include age, certain health conditions and certain work or living situations, which you can click on below. Flu vaccination can help stop people in these at-risk groups from catching flu and developing serious complications.2 Read on for more information about who is covered by the national flu vaccination programme.

Flu vaccination can help protect you and others against getting and spreading flu.3 It can help reduce the risk of the more serious effects of flu.3 People with certain health conditions are more likely to experience serious effects if they catch flu.3

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Flu vaccination for people 65 years of age or over4

You are eligible for a free flu vaccination if you are 65 years of age or over. 

Talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice about flu or the national flu vaccination programme.

 

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Flu vaccination for people who are pregnant 4

If you are pregnant, a flu vaccination is advised regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached. This is because pregnant people are at risk of developing serious illness or complications if they get flu.

Talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice about flu or the national flu vaccination programme.

 

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Flu vaccination for carers4

If you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, you are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice about flu vaccination for you, as well as the person you care for.

 

Flu vaccination for people with certain medical conditions4

A free flu vaccination is offered free of charge on the NHS to eligible people with certain long-term health conditions, including:

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    Chronic respiratory disease
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    Chronic heart disease
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    Chronic kidney disease
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    Chronic liver disease
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    Chronic neurological conditions
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    Diabetes
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    Spleen problems or no spleen
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    Weakened immune system and their close contacts
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    Morbid obesity

Other conditions may also be considered when deciding whether a flu vaccination is needed, and any concerns should be discussed with your healthcare professional. Your GP can assess your risk that flu could make worse any underlying illness you may have, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.

Talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice about flu or the national flu vaccination programme.

 

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Flu vaccination for children1

A flu vaccination is free on the NHS for children:

  • Over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • Aged between 2 and 3 years during the current flu season
  • In primary school
  • In year 7 (secondary school)

Age groups recommended in the children’s vaccination programme may differ across each country in the UK. Talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice about flu or the national flu vaccination programme for children.

 

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Flu vaccination for close contacts of people with weakened immune systems4

If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccination. Talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice about flu or the national flu vaccination programme.

 

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Flu vaccination for health and social care workers4

Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings. Because flu is so contagious, staff and vulnerable patients/residents are all at risk of infection.

If you are a frontline health and social care worker, you are eligible for a flu vaccination. Find out what arrangements have been made at your place of work.

Flu vaccination can help protect you, your colleagues and the patients and residents you care for.

Talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice.



  • 1. NHS. Flu vaccine overview. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/ [Last accessed August 2020].
    2. NHS Inform Scotland. Flu. Available at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/flu [Last accessed August 2020].
  • 3. NHS. Who should have the flu vaccine? Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/ [Last accessed August 2020].
  • 4. Public Health England. Influenza: the green book, chapter 19. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/influenza-the-green-book-chapter-19 [Last accessed August 2020].

Date of preparation: November 2020 | MAT-GB-2001685(v1.0)