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Flu jabs - why get one?

Doctor gives patient a flu jabFlu can be unpleasant but if you are otherwise a healthy person it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

Who is eligible for a flu jab?

Flu can be more severe for certain people and can cause them serious complications. For those people, free ‘flu jabs’ or vaccination injections are available every year from the NHS. If you are in any of the following groups you are eligible for a flu jab:

  • Healthy children aged 2, 3 or 4 years old.
  • Healthy children in school years reception, 1, 2, 3 and 4 (these are mostly arranged by the schools).
  • People aged 65 or over.
  • People aged 6 months to 65 years old with long-term health conditions eg heart problems, chest complaints, diabetes, or learning disabilities.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Carers.
  • People living in a residential or nursing homes.
  • Frontline health and social care workers should be provided with flu vaccination by their employer.

How to book your flu jab

To book your flu jab you should contact your GP, midwife or a local pharmacy offering the service.

Find my local GP or pharmacy

More information on flu jabs

For more information about flu and the flu jab, visit the NHS Choices web pages.

NHS Choices – The Flu Jab