10,000 deaths are caused by flu each year in England and Wales
Choose to be healthy this winter. Protect yourself, your friends and family with a flu jab today.
Certain groups are at particular risk from flu and vaccination is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus. That's why the flu vaccine is free for people who really need it. If you (or someone you care for) fall into one of the following groups, contact your GP practice or local pharmacy for a free flu vaccine:
- adults age 65 and over
- children age 2-3 and in reception classes through to year 5 (delivered as a nasal spray)
- pregnant women
- anyone with an underlying condition such as COPD, bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, spleen problems (like sickle cell), liver disease or a chronic neurological disease like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy
- anyone with a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- anyone who receives a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- frontline health and social care workers
- anyone who has a learning disability and are on their GP learning disability register.
If you don't fall into one of these groups but would still like a flu vaccine, then call into your local pharmacy – it will cost around £10 for a flu jab for those not eligible for a free one on the NHS.