Get your flu vaccination

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

 

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

 

However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

 

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.

 

The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:

  • adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
  • pregnant women 
  • children aged six months to two years at risk of flu

Flu nasal spray vaccination 

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS as an annual nasal spray to:

  • children aged two and three plus children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four. 
  • children aged two to 17 years at a particular risk of flu

 

Read more about the flu nasal spray for children.