This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- children in primary school
- children in year 7 (secondary school)
- frontline health or social care workers
Some of these groups are more at risk of developing potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection).
Others are more at risk of passing flu on to vulnerable people should they catch the virus.
Later in the year, we expect to be able to offer the flu vaccine to healthy people aged 50 to 64. However, people of this age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.
If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited to your practice earlier and you should not delay having your flu vaccine.