Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Some people are more at risk and are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019
- children in primary school
- frontline health or social care workers
When to have a flu vaccine
The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November. If you are more at risk, your GP should get in touch with you but if they haven't and you are concerned, then you can get in touch with your GP and ask.
You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.
Who else can have flu job?Most people can have a flu jab, if you aren't in the at risk groups to get it for free, you can still get the vaccination from a pharmacy or chemist for a fee of around £10.
Carers are recommended to have the flu vaccination but it can be hard to prove this for a free jab if you don't get Carers Allowance or have any official documents. Some of these people can pay to get the vaccination, but this could put a financial pressure on many families. If you are concerned, then please speak to your GP surgery to see if they can help.
Have you had your flu jab this year? Have you struggled to get the flu jab? Has the financial impact of a flu vaccination effected you?
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