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Flu jabs - why get one?

​​Doctor gives patient a flu jab

Flu can be unpleasant but if you are otherwise a healthy person it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, 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:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • children and adults with long-term health conditions eg heart problems, chest complaints, diabetes, or learning disabilities
  • pregnant women 
  • carers
  • children aged 2, 3 or 4 years old
  • children in school years 1, 2 and 3 (these are mostly arranged by the school)
  • p​eople living in a residential or nursing home
  • frontline staff (Health & Social Care)

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

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

NHS Choices – The Flu Jab