Flu vaccine

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, vulnerable and older people and can lead to serious problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
For adults, the flu vaccine is given for free on the NHS to people who:

  • Are 50 and over
  • Have certain health conditions
  • Are pregnant
  • Are in long stay-residential care
  • Are the main carer for an older or disabled person
  • Live with someone who is more likely to get infections

You can have the flu vaccine at your GP surgery, pharmacy (check whether they offer the service), midwifery service if you are pregnant or at a hospital appointment. The flu vaccine is given as a single injection into the arm.
Children can catch and spread flu easily so vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.

The nasal spray vaccine offers the best protection for children aged 2 to 17 years and is free on the NHS for:

  • Children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2021
  • All primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • All secondary school children (year 7 to year 11)
  • Children aged 2 to 17 years with long term health conditions

All children at primary and secondary school are offered the flu vaccine at school.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and has a long-term health condition that makes them at higher risk from flu, they'll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray and this is given as a single injection in the arm or thigh.

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