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Flu vaccination

The flu vaccination is available from the NHS every year to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu is a highly infectious and common illness. Symptoms include a high temperature, headache, general aches and pains, a sore throat and tiredness. You can have flu without any symptoms and pass it on to family, friends and people in your community, many of whom may be at increased risk from flu

Having the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against flu.

Flu vaccination is particularly important this year because:

  • more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses

Free vaccination

The free flu vaccination is offered on the NHS to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu including:

  • all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
  • people aged 50 years or over (including those becoming age 50 years by 31 March 2022)
  • those aged from 6 months to less than 50 years of age, with certain health conditions
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the influenza season)
  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • people who are in a long-stay residential care
  • people who receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • frontline health and social care workers

If you're in one of the eligible groups, you should get a flu vaccine every year to protect yourself against new strains of the virus. The earlier you get the flu vaccine, the better. It ensures you're covered before the virus starts to affect your community.

Catch it, bin it, kill it

In addition to the flu jab, you can help to prevent the spread of flu by:

  • staying at home if you have the symptoms, to avoid spreading infection
  • catching any coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing the tissue away and washing your hands
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