Flu vaccinations

Flu vaccinations are available from your GP from October or through the school vaccination programme for children in school years one, two and three. Adults can also get flu vaccinations from many pharmacists across the district.

Why should I get the flu vaccination?

If you’ve been offered a free flu vaccination by your GP or your employer, it’s because you need it. Flu is very contagious and can be a really serious illness. Having the flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you; it helps stop the flu spreading to other people who may be even more vulnerable than yourself.

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccination?

Those eligible for the flu vaccinations:

  • everyone aged 65 years or over
  • all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
  • all those aged two and three years old on 31 August 2017
  • all children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four
  • everyone from six months to less than 65 years of age who has a serious medical conditions: chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, liver disease, splenic dysfunction, neurological disease or diabetes a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment
  • everyone living in a residential or nursing home
  • everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
  • all frontline health and social care workers
  • anyone with a BMI above 40

The list above is not exhaustive and if you are still unsure, ask your doctor.

If you aren’t eligible for a free vaccination, you can still get a vaccination from a pharmacist although you’ll be charged around £10 for the service.

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