Flu vaccination

Flu is a serious condition that kills thousands and hospitalizes thousands more in England each year. The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered for free for those most at risk.

Flu and coronavirus

Adults at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are also at higher risk of severe illness from flu. That’s why it’s more more important than ever to have your free vaccine if you’re eligible, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter.

This year, the free flu vaccine is being offered to a record number of people to help protect as many as possible from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.

This animation explains more about flu and how getting the vaccination can help to protect you and those around you. With the help of local volunteers we have recorded the animation in 12 of the languages spoken in our community.

In this video, Shiren from the Bristol Muslim Strategic Leadership Group meets with Ade, from Bedminster Pharmacy, to discuss the importance of the flu jab for different communities.  Topics of conversation include whether the flu jab is halal, how to get it, and whether it is effective.

Below are links to the flu video’s script in a range of community languages to share with others.

How to get the flu vaccine

Ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine. If your child is at school and aged 4-11-year-old make sure you sign and return the consent form.

Changes have been made to make sure it’s safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.

Find a pharmacy that is offering the NHS flu vaccine.

Adult flu vaccine

The flu vaccine is given to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in a long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live 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)
  • frontline health or social care workers

If you’re aged over 50 and have a health condition that means you’re more at risk from flu, you should get your flu vaccine as soon as possible. Other 50 to 64 year-olds will be contacted about a flu vaccine later.

More information about the flu vaccine 

Easy-read information about the flu vaccine 

Information about the flu vaccine in multiple languages 

Children’s flu vaccine

The children’s flu vaccine is safe and effective. It’s offered every year as a nasal spray to children to help protect them against flu.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2020 – born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019
  • all primary school children (reception to year 6)
  • all year 7 to year 11 children in secondary school
  • children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years and is in a high-risk group for flu, they’ll be offered a flu vaccine injection instead of the nasal spray.

This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2 years.

Children aged 2 to 17 years may also have the flu vaccine injection if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.

Some communities may have concerns about the use of porcine gelatine within the nasal flu spray vaccine. However, the British Fatwa Council have published the following updated fatwa permitting the use of porcine gelatine in nasal flu vaccines: BritishFatwaCouncil_Final Fatwa nasal flu vaccine 2021

More information about the children’s flu vaccine 

Information about the children’s flu vaccine in multiple languages 

Myth-busting with The Misfits

Just don’t let anything stop you!

On behalf of the NHS, Misfits Theatre Company tackles the misinformation surrounding the flu vaccination head on and urges people with learning disabilities and their carers (family member or support worker) to not delay, and get their free flu vaccine today.  This is the Misfits’ latest video.