This year it’s more important than ever for people at risk to get their free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster when they are invited by the NHS. The best time to get vaccinated is in the autumn, before the cold temperatures start.
Find out more and how to book on nhs.uk/wintervaccinations or speak to your local pharmacy or the practice. School-aged children will be offered the vaccine at school.
The flu spreads from person to person – even amongst those not showing symptoms. The vaccine is the best protection for you and those around you.
- All adults aged 50 years and over
- Pregnant women (see Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy)
- Those in long-stay residential care homes
- Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- Frontline health and social care workers
- Those aged 6 months to 65 years in at-risk groups, including people with the following health conditions:
- Respiratory (lung) diseases, including asthma
- Heart disease, kidney disease or liver disease
- Neurological (brain or nerve) conditions including learning disability
- A severely weakened immune system (immunosuppression), a missing spleen, sickle cell anaemia or coeliac disease
- Being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- All children aged 2 to 10 years on 31st Aug 2022 (see Nasal Flu vaccine)
- Secondary school children in years 7, 8 and 9 – any remaining vaccine will be offered to children in years 10 and 11, subject to vaccine availability (see Nasal Flu vaccine)
When can I have my flu vaccine
- Our flu vaccine supply will arrive at the start of October and we will start to offer vaccines from then
- Local pharmacies tend to get their supply ahead of GP practices so we suggest that those that can contact them to arrange their vaccine in the first instance
- You DO NOT need to wait if you have had your COVID vaccine as you can have the COVID Booster and Flu Vaccine at same time if they are available.
Where can people have their flu vaccine
|Eligible group||Where to have the flu vaccine|
|All children and adults from 6 months of age upwards in a clinical risk group||GP practice (all ages) or participating community pharmacy (age 18 years and above)|
|All children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022||GP practice|
|All children from reception age (aged 4 -5) to school year 6 (aged 10-11) – regardless of educational setting||School and/or community clinics delivered by the School-age Immunisation Service.|
|Pregnant women||Participating community pharmacy, antenatal appointment, or GP practice|
|Frontline social care workers (that do not have access to employer led occupational health vaccinations)||Workplace, participating community pharmacy, or GP practice|
|Those aged 65 years and over||Participating community pharmacy, GP Practice|
|Those in long-stay residential care homes||Care home|
|Adults aged 50-64 years old not in a clinical risk group and some children of secondary school age not in a clinical risk group, to be introduced later in the season.||Participating community pharmacy (50-64 years), GP practice, school or community clinic upon invite from school age immunisation service (secondary school age children)|
What if I am Housebound?
The TH Care Group roving team will be visiting housebound patients to administer Flu and COVID vaccines. Patients will be contacted to arrange this.