'Just' the flu?

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Don’t put off the flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it.

The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu. It reduces the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

The flu jab is free for those most at risk. If you are eligible for the flu vaccine get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your GP, pharmacist or midwife to get the flu jab.

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccination?


If you fall into one of the following categories you may be eligible for a free flu vaccination:

  • Everyone aged 50 and over (including those becoming age 50 years by 31 March 2022)
  • Everyone aged from six months to under 50 years of age in a clinical at risk group listed on the GOV.UK website. 
  • All pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • Everyone living in a long-stay residential care home
  • all children aged 2 or 3 years old on 31 August 2021
  • all primary school-aged children
  • all year 7 to year 11 secondary school-aged children
  • children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu
  • Everyone who is in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who is the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, such as (HIV/AIDS) or those on treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • Frontline Health & Social Care workers with direct patient/resident care including hospice workers

Speak to your local pharmacist or NHS 111 for more information.

What if I'm not eligible for a free flu vaccination?

If you do not fall into one of the eligible categories, you can still get a flu vaccination for a small fee. You can get these at most pharmacies in Suffolk.

More information


Further information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at nhs.uk 

NHS Flu Vaccine Information

Who should have the flu vaccination and why?

Information for parents

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COVID-19 Booster Vaccine 

Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines.

If you are offered both vaccines, it's safe to have them at the same time.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine and who can get it

Dr. Badrinath from Public Health Suffolk talks flu