Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious health complications for anyone who gets it. However, there are also certain groups of people who are at particular risk from flu and as a result, are offered a free flu vaccination on the NHS.
The flu vaccination is completely free for pregnant women, children aged 2 and 3 years old, those with underlying health conditions and those aged 65 and over. The vaccination is the best form of protection we have against the unpredictable virus that is flu and it's free for these people because they need it.
Here’s why you should be getting your free flu vaccination if you’re over the age of 65:
The flu vaccination continues to be free for anyone aged 65 and over, who are more vulnerable and may suffer more than most people if they catch the flu.
This year, a more effective vaccine is being given to those aged 65 and over, which is proven to provide better protection against flu for people in this age bracket.
The newly available ‘adjuvanted’ vaccine is expected to boost how effective the body’s response to flu is by improving the immune system.
The vaccination has been free for those aged 65 and over for a number of years – this is because people of this age are more likely to have multiple or complex long-term health conditions as well as naturally weaker immune systems.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination this winter, all you need to do is contact your GP practice or local pharmacist.
Don't delay in arranging yours if you are eligible - the flu can strike at any time over the winter months. Remember, it’s free because you need it.