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Flu

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions such as:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2017 - that is, born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2015
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • children aged between 6 months and 2 years of ages who are eligible for the flu vaccine should have the flu jab
  • children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray


 
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