The flu jab is free to :

  • People 65 years of age or over
  • Pregnant women
  • People living with certain medical conditions
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Those who 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
  • Young children

Children are often called “super spreaders” and we know that even with the best intentions, children frequently forget to wash their hands or to cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough – take up the offer of a free childhood flu vaccination.

By vaccinating children, we not only help protect them from a nasty illness but also reduce the risk of spreading the virus and protecting siblings, parents, grandparents and other vulnerable people and reduces the impact of flu on the rest of the wider community.

If you don’t fall into any of the above categories, the flu vaccine is available at most of the major retailers and pharmacies.  The cost can vary from around £7 to £13 so it’s a good idea to shop around.