The flu vaccination is given free of charge to the following 'at risk' people in order to protect them from seasonal flu:
- People aged 65 or over
- Pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy
- People with a serious medical condition:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma (that requires inhaled or tablet steroid treatment or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis.
Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
- Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
- A weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- People living in a residential or nursing home
- Main carers for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer becomes ill (must be in receipt of carers allowance).
- Healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker (not available on the NHS, your employer is responsible).
The flu vaccine is also recommended for:
- children over the age of six months with a long term health condition listed above
- healthy children aged two and three (born on or after 1/9/13 to 31/8/15)
If you do not fall into any of the categories above, you can still have a flu vaccination privately. Speak to your local pharmacy.