Who should have the free flu vaccine?

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The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

Flu vaccine for children.

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

Flu vaccine for carers

If you are the main carer for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu vaccine along with the person you care for.

Read more about the flu vaccine for carers on the Carers UK website.

Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:  

This list of conditions isn't definitive. It's always an issue of clinical judgement.

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