Am I eligible?
The NHS free flu vaccine is given to people who:
- are 65 years and over (including those who will be 65y by 31 March 2024)
- have certain health conditions (see link opposite for the definition from the NHS website)
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- frontline health or social care workers
Carers, the clinically extremely vulnerable, and household contacts of the clinically extremely vulnerable; all of whom were able to have a free NHS flu vaccination last year, are not currently eligible. The NHS may well decide to include these, but at the moment we cannot vaccinate these patients.
There is a separate programme for children:
- children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
- all primary school children (reception to year 6)
- all year 7 in secondary school
- children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions (see link opposite for the definition from the NHS website)
Traditionally the NHS offered a free annual flu vaccination to everyone aged 65y.
During the pandemic the NHS extended the annual flu vaccination programme to include people aged 50-64y.
However this is NOT the plan at the moment. If you are in this age group you will only be able to get a free NHS flu vaccination if you belong to one of the groups listed opposite.