People are being advised to get a flu jab to help protect against the “double danger” of flu and coronavirus. Research shows people can catch both diseases at the same time and that the combination of illnesses is more dangerous than having them one at a time.
Who will be offered the flu vaccine in England?
- people who were required to shield from coronavirus and anyone they live with
- people with some medical conditions including diabetes, heart failure and asthma
- pregnant women
- pre-school children over the age of two
- all primary school children, as last year, and, for the first time, Year 7 pupils
- initially all people over 65, before the programme is extended to the over-50s
- healthcare and social care staff
- people living in a residential or nursing home
- people who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
How To Get Your Flu Jab
The NHS will get in contact with those who are eligible.
Alternatively, ask for the flu jab at your GP surgery or at a local pharmacy.
Some children and some carers can also get a free flu jab. Find out more about the flu vaccine, including who should have it.
If you’re 65 or over, you are also eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect you from pneumonia.