The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.
This page is about the flu vaccine for adults.
Find out about the children's flu vaccine
The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading. But you can get the vaccine later.
If you have any questions about vaccinations, you can:
Eligibility for flu vaccination
You can get a free flu vaccine if you are:
- aged 50 years old and over (including those aged 50 by 31 March 2022)
- have certain health conditions
- live with someone who is immunocompromised
- are pregnant
- receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
Children aged 2 and 3 years old on the 31 August 2021 and school-aged child from Reception up to Year 11 are also eligible for the flu vaccine.
You can get the flu vaccine at your GP surgery or a pharmacy, if you’re a health or social care worker employed by a:
- registered residential care or nursing home
- registered homecare organisation
Or if you provide health or social care through direct payments or personal health budgets.
Visit NHS.UK to check whether you are eligible.
Please contact your GP practice for clinic availability.