Sea­sonal Influenza Vac­ci­na­tions 2015

For most people, flu is an unpleas­ant ill­ness, but it’s not seri­ous. If you are oth­er­wise healthy, you will usu­ally recover from flu within a week.

How­ever, cer­tain peo­ple are more likely to develop poten­tially seri­ous com­pli­ca­tions of flu, such as bron­chi­tis and pneu­mo­nia. These peo­ple should have a flu jab each year.

Peo­ple who should have a flu jab

The injected flu vac­cine is offered free of charge on the NHS to peo­ple who are at risk to ensure that they are pro­tected against catch­ing flu and devel­op­ing seri­ous complications.

You are eli­gi­ble to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • chil­dren over the age of six months with a long-term health condition
  • are preg­nant
  • have cer­tain med­ical con­di­tions (see NHS web­site for more details)
  • are liv­ing in a long-stay res­i­den­tial care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or dis­abled per­son whose wel­fare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • are a health­care worker with direct patient con­tact or a social care worker (see below)
Changes intro­duced this year mean that healthy chil­dren aged two, three and four will also be eli­gi­ble for vac­ci­na­tion with us.

For full details about eli­gi­bil­ity please refer to NHS web­site.