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Flu vaccination

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Don't forget to have your annual flu vaccination

Residents who are most vulnerable to flu are encouraged to have their free NHS flu vaccination each year, not only to help protect themselves, but also those around them.  The annual one-off vaccination changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had one last year, you’ll need another one this year to ensure you’re flu safe.  It’s quick and easy to do at your GP practice or local participating pharmacy.

Eligible groups

You’re eligible for a free flu vaccination, if you’re:
  • 65 years or over (including those turning 65 by 31 March)
  • Pregnant
  • Living with certain medical conditions
  • Residing in a long stay residential care home or other care facility
  • Receiving a carer's allowance or are the main carer for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Living with someone who is at high risk from coronavirus (they're on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • A frontline health or social care worker


The flu vaccine is also free for children:

  • Aged 2 and 3 years old by 31 August 2020
  • Attending primary school (reception to year 6)
  • Currently in year 7 in secondary school
  • Aged 6 months to 17 years old with a long term health condition, which places them in a high risk group for flu

For most children, the flu vaccine is a quick nasal spray instead of an injection.

To find out more about who should have the flu vaccination, visit the NHS website.

Community pharmacies

A number of pharmacies in Herefordshire offer the free NHS vaccine to eligible groups, including health and social care staff.  Please remember to check with them in advance, before you visit.
Find your nearest community pharmacy on the NHS website.

Pay for your own flu vaccination

If you're not in any of the above mentioned eligible groups, you can still have a flu vaccination and pay for it yourself.  There's a number of community pharmacies within the county which provide this service, which costs approximately £5 to £14, depending on the pharmacy.

Find your nearest participating pharmacy on the NHS website.


Did you know....Up to 77% of people with flu have no symptoms, so you could be spreading the disease to your family, friends and colleagues without even knowing it!