Carers are entitled to free flu vaccination

Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19. However, the flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalisation and death.

Each year the flu vaccination is available to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own in about a week.

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), and so are eligible for a free flu jab.

Each year the vaccination is free for people most ‘at risk’ of having severe flu:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults aged 6 months to 65 years with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease, weakened immune system or have a learning disability)
  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • children in primary school
  • carers
  • people living in long stay residential care homes
  • frontline health or social care workers

And this year it has also been expanded to include the following:

  • people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • children in year 7 (secondary school)
  • People aged 50 to 64 without a long-term condition (from November onwards if sufficient vaccine stock is available)

You can book your vaccination either with your GP practice or a pharmacy. Your practice may write to you inviting you in for a flu jab, or you can visit their website for more information.  Please contact us if you need help proving that you are a carer.  If you are not already registered with our service you will need to register with us.  Our service is completely free.

Information about flu vaccination in Southampton is available here: 

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