Getting the flu vaccine

There has never been a more important time to make sure you, and those you care for, are protected against serious illnesses such as the flu.

We are asking everyone who is at risk of being affected by the flu to get vaccinated this winter. By having the flu vaccination, you will help protect yourself and others from what can be a severe, and sometimes fatal illness.


Who should get the flu vaccine?

You may be eligible for the flu vaccine if you are:

  • are aged 65 or over (including if you will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • have certain long-term health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • live in a care home
  • are the main carer for an older or disabled person, or receive a carer’s allowance
  • live with someone who has a weakened immune system

Frontline health and social care workers can also get a flu vaccine through their employer.

Most children can get the children’s flu vaccine. This includes children who were aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023, school-aged children (Reception to Year 11) and children with certain health conditions. Find out more.

You can find out more about the flu vaccine and how to get it at