Flu vaccinations

The injected flu vaccine (or flu jab) is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over  
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are very overweight
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, or a social care worker

For more detailed information on who should receive the flu vaccine, please see the NHS guidelines.

It is important to remember that whilst there is an annual vaccine programme for seasonal flu, the nature of pandemic flu may mean that a vaccine takes time to develop after an outbreak has begun. In this case, the public will be kept fully informed, and those most vulnerable will be prioritised. For this reason, the self-care steps outlined above are critical.