The flu virus on average kills 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands in England each year. This year you’re more are likely to catch flu as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic – meaning it is more important than ever to get your flu vaccine.
If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill. Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses. That’s why we are urging everyone who is eligible to take up the free flu vaccine this year as well as any other winter vaccinations that they are eligible for.
Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines. If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time. Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine and who can get it.
Where can I get my flu jab?
- at your GP surgery if you’re eligible (see below)
- at a pharmacy offering the service – Find a flu vaccinating pharmacy
- your midwifery service if you’re pregnant
- at a hospital appointment
Who can get their flu jab at their GP practice?
We will contact you directly if you’re eligible for the flu vaccine. You can be vaccinated at your GP practice if you:
- are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- are pregnant
- are in long-stay residential care
- receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
- live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- are a frontline health or social care workers
Find out more about flu vaccines and children’s vaccines on the NHS website.