Seasonal flu jab

Who is entitled to a free jab?

Flu vaccinations are currently offered free of charge to the following ‘at risk’ groups:
  • People aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2015)
  • All pregnant women including those women who become pregnant during the flu season (for further information on pregnant women, click here)
  • People with a serious medical condition such as: 
    • Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis, chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic liver disease
    • Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
    • Diabetes
    • A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment) 
  • People living in long stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
  • People who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
Your GP or practice nurse will be able to advise you if you are unsure whether you qualify for a free seasonal flu jab.