Seasonal flu vaccination programme 2021/22
Flu can affect anyone, but if you have a long-term health condition, the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well.
You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:
- 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- children aged 2-3
- school aged children
- 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 infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- frontline health or social care worker
- have a long-term health condition such as:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or serious breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or some people with asthma
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, such as sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- you are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you to take into account the risk of flu making any underlying illness you may have worse, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.
The vaccine should provide protection throughout the current flu season.
What you need to do
If you belong to one of the groups mentioned above, it’s important that you have your flu vaccination.
Speak to your GP practice, or alternatively your local pharmacist, to book a vaccination appointment and get the best possible protection.
For pregnant women, the vaccine may also be available through maternity services.
Children aged 2-3 will be invited for a flu vaccination at their GP practice.
School children up to year 11 will be offered the flu vaccination in school.
If you’re a health care worker you can speak to your employer, GP practice or local pharmacy to get your flu vaccination.
The flu vaccine is free because you need it, so make an appointment to receive one.