Who needs the seasonal flu vaccine?

  • Children from the age of 2 up until Year 7 in primary school  pre-school children aged 2 years and over are offered the vaccine at their GP surgery while primary school children are offered the vaccine through their school health service.
  • Pregnant women in all stages/any trimester of pregnancy (see Flu is more serious than you think).
  • Anyone aged over 65 years, even if they feel fit and healthy at the moment.
  • Children from 6 months old and adults who have any of the following medical conditions:
    •    a chronic chest condition such as asthma
    •    a chronic heart condition
    •    chronic liver disease
    •    chronic kidney disease
    •    diabetes
    •    lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroids or cancer therapy (people living in the same house as someone with lowered immunity may also need to be vaccinated)
    •    a chronic neurological condition such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or a condition that affects your nervous system, such as cerebral palsy, or hereditary and degenerative diseases of the central nervous system or muscles
    •    a very high body weight (BMI greater than 40)
    •    any other serious medical condition – check with your doctor if you're unsure.
  • Children who have previously been admitted to hospital with a chest infection.
  • Children attending schools for children with severe learning difficulties.
  • Anyone living in a residential or nursing home.
  • Main carers for elderly or disabled people (you should seek advice from your GP surgery as to whether you should be vaccinated so you can continue to look after the person you care for. You should also ensure that they are vaccinated, if recommended).