Flu Vaccine - don't leave it too late

Date Posted: 18th Oct 2019

Help health and care services help you this winter by getting your flu vaccination – it’s free because you need it

The flu vaccine remains the best defence we have against flu and protects those people who are most vulnerable. 

More people than ever are now eligible for the flu vaccine and 25 million people in England will be offered it for free by the NHS.

In 2019/20, the flu vaccination will be offered to:

  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • children aged 2-3 (on 31 August 2019) and all primary school aged children

Employers of frontline health and social care workers also have a responsibility to ensure their staff can get the free vaccine.

Find out if you're eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine

Information for Parents

For most children, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 (on 31 August 2019) receive the vaccine through their GP and all primary school aged children are offered it in school. If you have a child who is of the eligible age, make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school.