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Flu vaccination

The flu vaccination is available 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.

Free vaccination

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

  • children aged two and three
  • all primary school aged children and year 7 pupils
  • people aged six months to 64 who are in a high risk group for flu
  • people aged 65 and over
  • people who have certain health conditions
  • pregnant women
  • people who are in a long-stay residental 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
  • people who live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • 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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  • United Kingdom
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