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The NHS flu programme has been extended this year to include a wider range of people from different groups.

The move has been brought in to help the NHS with the impact of the annual flu season which could coincide with outbreaks of Covid-19 and potentially overwhelming the NHS.

Currently the free NHS flu programme is available to:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain conditions such as kidney disease, asthma or heart disease
  • Carers or those in care homes.
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Children over six months with a long-term health condition, those aged two and three and those in primary school.

Under the extended programme school year groups up to year 7 and anyone aged 50 and over will be included.

As part of a push to prepare the NHS for the winter, this year’s immunisation scheme will be the largest in history and will help protect NHS frontline services.

With Covid-19 still circulating, it is more important now, than ever before, to have the flu vaccine if you are eligible. Whether it’s for the first time or because you usually receive one, you are urged you to get it, not just to protect yourself, but to protect the NHS and your loved ones, from flu.

The immunisation programme is being rolled out with the highest risk patients being offered it first. If you are eligible, you must first find out when the vaccine is available to you.