'Just' the flu?
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 65 and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
- Everyone aged from six months to under 65 years of age in a clinical at risk group listed on Page 4 of “Who should have the flu vaccination and why?”
- 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 two and three years old on 31 August 2020 (date of birth on or after 01/09/16 to 31/08/18)
- All primary school aged children (those in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)
- All year 7 pupils in secondary school
- 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.
Advice for people aged 50 to 64
If you're aged 50 to 64 and have a health condition that means you're more at risk from flu, you should get your flu vaccine as soon as possible.
Other 50- to 64-year-olds should be contacted about a flu vaccine later in the year.
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.
Changes have been made to make sure it's safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.
It's important to go to your appointments unless you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus.
Further information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at nhs.uk