This year, it’s more important than ever for eligible people to have their free flu vaccination to protect themselves and others. More people are likely to get flu this winter as there were less cases of flu last year due to lockdown and social distancing, so fewer people will have built up immunity.

Many adults and most children can have a flu vaccination – visit nhs.uk to check if you are eligible.

This year the school age flu vaccine programme has been extended from primary school to year 11 in secondary school, and children will be offered a nasal flu spray at their school.

Research suggests if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, you’re more likely to be seriously ill. It’s also important to remember that the COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t protect against flu and the flu vaccine doesn’t protect against COVID-19. Eligible people need to have both vaccinations.

People with a learning disability can receive a free flu vaccine and this easy read leaflet provides information on getting a vaccination. Visit the Stay Well in Winter web page for more information on staying healthy and getting the right help you need, when you need.