Are you eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination?
Please note that if you already have/will have an appointment to see another health professional at the Surgery during flu season that you will not have to make a separate appointment to receive your flu vaccination.
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant (any stage of pregnancy)
- have certain long term medical conditions (see below)
- 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
Long term medical conditions:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
Children - The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of six months with a long-term health condition
- children aged two and three on 31 August 2018 – that is, born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2016
- children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four (aged 4-9 years on 31.8.18) will be vaccinated at school
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