More people than ever before are being offered a free flu vaccination this year to prevent serious health complications and hospital admissions.
This includes extending it to all adults aged 50 and over and all secondary school students up to year 11. Primary and secondary school children will usually be offered a nasal spray by visiting nurses.
Flu clinics are starting from late September but could be affected by current national transport disruptions that may mean supplies arrive late.
Who is eligible for a free flu jab?
- all children aged 2 or 3 years old on 31 August 2021
- all primary school-aged children, and students in years 7-11 at secondary school
- children & adults with certain health conditions or weakened immune systems
- all adults aged 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- people with learning disabilities - see this Mencap guide
- pregnant women
- unpaid carers of an older or disabled person
- household contacts of certain at-risk people
- people living in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
Where can I get my flu jab?
- Schools: Nurses will visit primaries & secondaries to give a flu nasal spray to pupils
- GP surgeries: Will run flu clinics for eligible people - wait to be invited
- Pharmacies: Eligible people can choose to get a free jab from a pharmacy instead of your GP. See online booking links below or enquire at your local pharmacy:
- Private vaccinations: pharmacies also offer paid-for vaccines, ranging from £8-£15
- Employers: Check with your workplace to see if they're funding flu jabs for staff