Summary of those who are recommended to have the flu vaccine
- everyone ages 65 and over
- everyone under 65 of age who has a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma. A kidney disease, low immunity due to disease or treatment ( such as steroid medication or cancer treatment). Liver disease, had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), diabetes or a neurological condition for example multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability. A problem with your spleen for example sickle cell disease or you have had your spleen removed or you are seriously overweight.
- all pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
- all two, three and four year old children
- all children in school years 1,2 and 3
- everyone living in a residential or nursing home
- everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
- all frontline health ad social care workers
For further information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP or practice nurse.
It is best to have the flu vaccination in the autumn before any outbreak of flu. Remember that you need it every year, so don't assume you are protected because you had one last year.