The eligibility criteria for the free Flu Jab is being expanded, but here are the groups currently covered.
The flu vaccine is free for everyone (from six months of age) who has:
- a long-term chest complaint, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- moderate or severe asthma
- a heart problem
- liver disease
- kidney disease (from stage 3)
- had a stroke or a mini stroke, or who has another neurological disorder (for example,
- an immune system that isn’t working well
- had their spleen removed or has a spleen that isn’t working very well; or
- is a very overweight adult (with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more)
- New: Also available for those age 50-64
It is also recommended and free for people who are:
- care home workers who have regular contact with their clients
- aged 65 or over
- living in a long-stay care home
- carers (unpaid)
- community first responders; or
- members of recognised voluntary organisations who provide planned emergency first aid at organised public events.
For health or social care workers: if you have direct contact with patients or clients, the flu vaccine is recommended so speak to your employer for more information.
For children: A free nasal-spray flu vaccine is recommended for all children who are aged two or three.
Flu vaccine is the best way to protect against catching or spreading flu – so don’t miss out. If you are not sure if you can have a free flu vaccine, ask at your us for advice.
The expanded flu vaccination programme to protect vulnerable people and support the NHS
Free vaccine to be made available for people aged 50 to 64 later in the year
Households of those on the shielded patient list eligible for free flu vaccination and school programme expanded to the first year of secondary schools for the first time
Find out more about flu and flu vaccines at www.beatflu.org
Public Health England advises vaccination may be postponed if the individual is suffering from an acute illness; however, it is not necessary to postpone immunisation in patients with minor illnesses without fever or systemic upset.