Have you had your flu jab yet?
Flu vaccination is available on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are at risk of flu. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over1
- are pregnant
- are a carer for an elderly or disabled person
- are very overweight
- have certain medical conditions which include:
- chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- children aged two and three2 are eligible for a nasal flu vaccine
- Children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four should have their vaccination given in school.
1You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2016-17) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2017 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1953. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2018, you do qualify.
2Date of birth on or after 1 September 2013 and on or before 31 August 2015.
For more information visit NHS Choices!