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Are you at risk of flu? Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?
For most people, flu is an unpleasant illness, but it is not serious. However, some people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Free flu vaccination is offered on the NHS to these people to help protect them against flu and from developing serious complications.
You may be eligible to receive a free flu vaccination if you:
- are aged 65 years or older
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions that mean you are in an at risk group
- are aged 2, 3 and 4 years
If you have certain medical or long term health conditions you may be at increased risk of the complications of flu. This can mean you are in what is referred to as an ‘at risk’ group and you may be eligible for a flu vaccination. Find out here if you are in an at risk group.
Flu vaccination is also recommended for people who look after others who may be at risk of flu. Find out if this applies to you by going to the Protecting Yourself and Others section.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.