More than 30 million people could be vaccinated during the upcoming flu season
The flu vaccine programme this year is said to be the 'biggest in history', to help ease pressures on hospital A&E departments, as millions are expected to receive the flu jab.
The government is expanding the vaccine programme in a bid to relieve winter pressures on A&E and emergency care in case of a second spike in coronavirus infections.
More than 30 million people could be vaccinated during the upcoming flu season. Announcing the expanded programme in the summer, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
"This will be the biggest flu vaccination programme in history, and will help protect our NHS as we head into winter."
"If you are eligible for a free vaccine, whether it’s for the first time or because you usually receive one, then I would urge you to get it, not just to protect yourself, but to protect the NHS and your loved ones, from flu."
Are you eligible?
This year the flu jab will be offered to:
- Adults aged 65 and over
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- Pregnant women
- People living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- Children in primary school
- Children in year 7 (secondary school)
- Frontline health or social care workers or carers
Where to get the flu vaccine
The NHS flu jab is available at:
- Local GP surgeries
- Local pharmacies offering the service
- Midwifery services if they offer it for pregnant women
If you do not qualify for a free Flu Jab
The current prices for the Flu jabs at local pharmacies are:
- Information about the flu or Influenza on People First
- Flu vaccination information on the NHS website
- Public Health England update about the flu vaccine programme