• The flu virus kills thousands on an average year.
  • The vaccine is the best protection.
  • Help us help you protect against flu.


Flu is a serious condition that kills on average 11,000 people in England each year and
hospitalises tens of thousands more. Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from
COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation
from a double threat this winter.


The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is
offered for free for those most at risk. And this year, the programme has been expanded
and the free flu vaccine will be offered to a record number of 30 million people to help
protect as many as possible from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care


As part of England’s biggest ever flu campaign – alongside adverts across the media and
posters in key locations such as GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals – eligible people
will receive additional direct reminders prompting them to book their appointment,
supporting the hard work of local GP practices and pharmacies in driving uptake among
their registered eligible patients.


Ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine. If your child is at school
and aged 4-11-year-old make sure you sign and return the consent form.

Visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information including leaflets in alternative formats


Who is eligible for a free flu vaccine?


Those with long term health conditions:

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have an
underlying health condition (such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema), diabetes, heart
disease, kidney disease, liver disease or a chronic neurological disease (like multiple
sclerosis or cerebral palsy) Immunosuppressed, morbidly obese, have a learning disability
or have problems with your spleen. Flu on top of health conditions like these increases
your chance of serious health complications and a hospital visit.


Adults aged 65 years and over:

The flu vaccination continues to be available to adults aged 65 years old and over, who
are more vulnerable and may suffer more than most people if they catch flu. This season it
is recommended that they receive the trivalent ‘adjuvanted’ influenza vaccine (aTIV) which
boosts the immune response in older people. A second vaccine, which is manufactured
using cells rather than eggs, will be offered if aTIV is not available.


Children aged 2-11 years old:

Flu can be nasty for little children. Children also tend to be super-spreaders of flu, so if
they get it they are likely to infect other vulnerable or older family members. Children who
get flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles,
headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever

or complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.
The flu vaccine will help protect your child from flu and reduce the chance of it spreading
on to others. For most children, the flu vaccine is not usually an injection, just a quick and
easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 (on 31 August 2020) receive the vaccine through
their GP and those aged 4-11 years old receive 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.


Pregnant women:

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result flu can cause
serious complications for women and their babies. One of the most common complications
of flu is bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia.
If women have flu while they're pregnant, it could mean their baby is born prematurely or
has a low birthweight which could even lead to stillbirth or death. Pregnant women may be
less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill from flu. The flu jab is the
safest way to help protect pregnant women and their babies against flu, no matter how
many months pregnant or how fit and healthy the woman may feel.


Household contacts of those on the NHS shielded patient list for COVID-19:

Flu can easily spread (even if you are not showing symptoms) to those around you who
are vulnerable. The free flu vaccine is the very best protection for those are most at risk
from flu.

If you live with someone on the NHS shielded patient list, the free flu vaccine is the best
protection. Ask your pharmacist or GP if you are eligible.


Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an
older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill:

Flu can easily spread (even if you are not showing symptoms) to those around you who
are vulnerable and for whom you have caring responsibilities. The free flu vaccine is the
very best protection for those are most at risk from flu.

If you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an older or disabled
person you are eligible for the free flu vaccination. Ask your pharmacist or GP.


Please contact: 0116 2512959 for any further information or to book yourself in for a FREE* flu vaccination.

*Conditions apply