Free flu jabs available to people over 50 from December

From next week (1st December), people aged 50 to 64 will be able to get a free flu jab from their GP or pharmacy.
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Adults over the age of 50 will be able to get their free flu vaccine from 1 December in the next phase of this year’s expanded flu jab programme.

This year, with Coronavirus in circulation, it’s more important than ever that eligible groups get their flu jab. The free flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu and is the best protection from the flu virus.

“Just” the flu? 

Each year the flu kills on average 11,000 people and hospitalises thousands more. There’s no “just” about it. 

The flu virus spreads from person to person. Even amongst those not showing symptoms.

The flu vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you. It’s available for free to those most at risk.

Who should get the flu jab

The groups now eligible for a free flu jab are:

  • adults aged 65 or over
  • pregnant women
  • those with certain pre-existing conditions
  • NHS and social care workers
  • all children up to year 7
  • household contacts of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • adults aged 50 to 64

How to get the flu jab?

Eligible adults can get the free flu vaccine at their GP or pharmacist. The NHS will contact you directly if you are eligible and invite you to book an appointment. 

Is the flu jab safe?

The flu jab is safe and effective and must be given annually. It cannot give you the flu. It does not protect you from Coronavirus or seasonal coughs and colds, but it does give protection against the strains of flu virus that will be circulating this year.

Adults usually receive the flu vaccination in injection form, and children usually receive a nasal spray.

Where can I get the flu jab?

Many people will receive their flu jab at a GP surgery as usual. Others may go to a pharmacy or another location in their community. School-aged children will receive their vaccination from a trained health professional at school or in their community. Health professionals will also visit care homes to vaccinate residents on-site.

Is it safe to attend appointments at health clinics?

The NHS is doing everything it can to make sure that vaccinations are given in safe environments. All possible precautions will be taken to make sure you, and staff, are protected.

Check out our video about how GP's are working during Coronavirus to help keep you safe.

Watch our video 

If you have Coronavirus symptoms, do not attend your vaccination appointment but instead self-isolate and book a Coronavirus test. You can rebook your flu vaccination appointment at a later date.

How can I find more information?

Find more information on the NHS website

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