The flu virus kills 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands more in England in an average year, and 2021, just like last year is anything but an average year.
More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill.
Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses. That’s why we are urging everyone who is eligible to take up the free flu vaccine this year as well as any other winter vaccinations that they are eligible for.
This year the free flu vaccine is available to:
• everyone aged 50 years and over
• everyone under 50 years of age with a long-term medical including children and babies over 6 months of age
• all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
• all 2 and 3 year old children
• all children in primary school
• all year 7 to year 11 secondary school-aged children
• everyone living in a residential or nursing home
• everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
• everyone who lives 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)
• all front-line health and social care workers