Last updated:

14th December 2023

Read advice about the flu

Get vaccinated against the flu

The flu can be particularly serious for:

  • Adults 65 and over.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Children aged 2 and 3 year olds.
  • Primary school children.
  • Those living with a long term health condition.
  • Carers and frontline health and social care staff.

It can potentially lead to serious complications like pneumonia that require further treatment and can even prove fatal. Getting vaccinated against the virus is the most effective way to protect yourself.

For more information about flu vaccinations, visit the NHS website, talk to your GP, practice nurse or a pharmacist. The National Development Team for inclusion have also produced an easy-read leaflet about the flu injection. 

How to get vaccinated

Vaccinations are available through doctors and pharmacies for free for those at particular risk of complications. This includes pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, carers, those with long term health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, respiratory conditions or neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and those with weakened immune systems.

See the NHS easy read guide or visit the NHS flu vaccine overview web page.

Child vaccinations

Children aged 2 and 3 will also be able to receive their vaccination through their doctor. Children in reception and in years 1 to 5 will be offered immunisation through their school. Children will be offered a painless nasal flu vaccine.        

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