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Flu vaccine and coronavirus

The flu vaccine is offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.

It is a safe and effective vaccine. 

The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter. But you can also have the vaccine later in winter. 

Why flu vaccination is important

The flu vaccine is important because:

  • fewer people will have built up natural immunity to flu during the pandemic.  This means more people are likely to get flu this winter
  • if you get flu and Covid-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
  • taking both the flu and Covid-19 vaccines will protect you and people around you from getting seriously ill with flu or Covid-19

If you have had Covid-19, it is safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Who is offered the flu vaccine this year

This year, the flu vaccine is given free on the NHS if you are:

  • 50 and over on 31 March 2022
  • pregnant
  • living with certain long-term health conditions
  • living in long-stay residential care
  • in receipt of a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • living with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • a frontline health or social care worker

The NHS website provides further details about the flu vaccination, including where to get the vaccine and if you are someone who has a long-term health condition

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