Who can have the flu vaccine?
The following cohorts of people are eligible for the flu vaccine:
- all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
- all school aged children (from Reception to Year 11)
- those aged 6 months of age upwards in a clinical risk group (as set out in the Green Book)
- people that are pregnant
- those aged 65 years and over
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- carers in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
- those that live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone living with HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- Contact your GP practice
- Find your nearest pharmacy offering the vaccine at www.nhs.uk/flu-pharmacy
How to book an appointment
You don’t need to wait to be invited to have your vaccine. If you are eligible, you can make an appointment at your GP surgery or ask any pharmacy that provides the NHS service. If you are housebound, please speak to your GP practice about arranging a vaccination appointment.
Those who do not fall within the eligible categories can still obtain a flu vaccine from their local participating pharmacy for a small fee.