Did you know that some people are eligible for a free flu jab?

While flu is unpleasant for anyone, some people are at more risk of becoming seriously ill from flu. These people are offered free flu vaccines to make sure they stay safe and healthy this winter.

There are some common reasons someone might get offered a flu jab. These include:

  • People over the age of 65.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children aged 2-3.
  • Children in year reception to year 5.
  • Carers for the elderly or disabled.
  • People who work in social care.

Free flu vaccines are also available for people suffering from some long term medical conditions, including:

  • COPD.
  • Liver disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Having a BMI of over 40.
  • Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

People with learning disabilities can also have a free flu vaccine.

Easy-Read Free Flu Vaccine Leaflet

This is by no means an exhaustive list. The NHS outlines more specific examples, but also recommends you consult your doctor if you are living with any long-term health conditions.

If you think you are eligible and would like a free flu vaccine, enquire at your local pharmacy or GP surgery.


Published on 31 Oct, 2018 (updated 15 Jan, 2019)

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