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Flu eligibility

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

  • Diabetes

  • 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 (please advise us if this is the reason as we need to make a note of this in your records).

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 1/9/15 to 31/8/17)

If you do not fall into any of the categories above, you can still have a flu vaccination privately.  Speak to your local pharmacy.

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