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There’s still time to have your flu jab this winter

If you haven’t had your flu jab yet, there is still time. Having the flu jab is a really important way of helping you, and those around you, stay well this winter.  

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You should have the flu vaccine if you: 

  • are 65 years of age or over   
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions 
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 
  • receive 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. 

Children are also eligible for the flu vaccine if they are:

  • over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016
  • in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

Find out more about the flu jab and who should have it on the NHS website and speak to your GP, pharmacist or midwife to book your appointment today.