The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:
- are 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024) will be the first patients to receive invitations
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
- are frontline health workers
- are social care workers who cannot get the vaccine through an occupational health scheme at work
- Starting from mid-October, people aged 50 years old or over (including those who will be 50 years old by 31 March 2024) can have a free NHS flu vaccine. This is so at-risk groups can be offered vaccination first. If you’re in this age group and have a long-term health condition that puts you at risk from flu, you do not have to wait until mid-October.
If you do not come into any of the above categories, then unfortunately you are not in any of the high risk groups so you are not immediately eligible for the flu vaccine.
If you have not received a text or need advice:-
- Call the Medicus Vaccine Helpline on 0208 920 9615 or your GP surgery.
- There are also “Walk-in” clinics available – please the FAQ’s for further information.
Please read before attending for your flu vaccine
- If you have recently received a Shingles Vaccine please wait 7 days before attending for a flu or COVID booster
- If you have a high temperature please wait until you are better before reporting to have the flu vaccine
- If you have tested positive for COVID 19 or you are waiting for a test result please do not attend for a flu vaccine.
More details about Flu and the Vaccine can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/