NHS / Private Flu Vaccination Service

For most healthy people, influenza (flu) is an unpleasant disease, but one that usually resolves without treatment. However, older people, pregnant women and those with underlying diseases are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch it.

Flu is a key factor in NHS resilience. It impacts on those who become ill, the NHS services that provide direct care as a result, and on the wider health and social care system. The annual immunisation programme helps to reduce unplanned hospital admissions and pressures on A&E. To improve access to NHS flu vaccination for eligible patients, NHS England has commissioned an advanced service for community pharmacies to provide flu vaccinations between September and until the end of March each year.

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You can get the free NHS flu vaccine if you:

  • are aged 65 or over (including if you will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • have certain long-term health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • live in a care home
  • are the main carer for an older or disabled person, or receive a carer's allowance
  • live with someone who has a weakened immune system

The NHS flu vaccine is also recommended for people with certain long-term health conditions, including:

  • conditions that affect your breathing, such as asthma (needing a steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or cystic fibrosis
  • heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • liver disease, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis
  • some conditions that affect your brain or nerves, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes or Addison's disease
  • a weakened immune system due to a condition such as HIV or AIDS, or due to a treatment such as chemotherapy or steroid medicine
  • problems with your spleen, such as sickle cell disease, or if you've had your spleen removed
  • a learning disability

If you qualify and would like to book your free NHS flu vaccination or a Private Vaccination (if the above criteria does not apply), please click 'here' .

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