The flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect against catching flu and developing serious complications. The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for children who:
- are over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
- are aged 2 and 3 years on 31 August 2019 (that is, born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017)
- are in primary school
Children aged between 6 months and 2 years who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.
Adults should have the free flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill