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Flu vaccines

Having a flu vaccination each year is the best way of protecting yourself, your family and wider comunity against flu. People who are at highest risk are eligible for free vaccines.

These include:

  • adults over 65
  • pregnant women
  • children aged 2 and 3
  • pupils in reception class and school years 1 to 7*
  • people with long-term health conditions (including asthma, COPD and cardiovascular issues)
  • front-line health and social care staff
  • people who live with someone who was on the NHS shielded list

If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories, you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination, if the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.

However, if you're aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.

Protect yourself and prevent flu spreading. To get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible for a free vaccination, contact your GP, pharmacist, midwife, employer, school immunisation team.

*We have produced a blog about childrens' health when at school which includes information about what is a fever from the vaccine and what is a fever from COVID.

Find out more information about the flu vaccination programme.

Find out more information about keeping you and your family well this winter

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