The flu vaccine for at-risk groups will be available from the beginning of October 2020.
The flu vaccine for children will be available from the middle of October 2020.
The seasonal flu vaccine (flu jab) protects against 4 strains of flu virus. These are the strains most likely to be circulating this flu season.
The vaccine is available every year to adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
You need to get a new vaccine each year. This is because the strains of the flu virus change. This is why it is called seasonal flu. But people commonly call it flu.
You should get your flu vaccine as soon as it's available, to be covered for flu season.
Flu season runs from September to end of April.
Flu vaccine is recommended
Some people are more at risk of getting complications if they catch flu.
You can get the flu vaccine for free if you:
- are 65 years of age and over
- are pregnant
- are a child aged 2 to 12 years (new for 2020/2021)
- are an adult or child aged 6 months or older with a long-term health condition like
- chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome
- chronic liver disease
- chronic renal failure
- chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
- diabetes mellitus
- morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40
- immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)
- are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy
- were born with Down syndrome
- live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
Some people should get the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and those they care for.
These include those who:
- work in healthcare
- are a carer or live with someone who is at risk of flu because of a long-term health condition
- are a carer or live with someone who has Down syndrome
People who are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or waterfowl should get the flu vaccine.
If you are in an at-risk group, you should get the flu vaccine as early into the flu season as you can.
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