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Flu vaccine for people with long-term conditions

The flu vaccine is available from October 2019 until end of April 2020. 

Flu vaccine is strongly recommended for:

  • Persons aged 65 and over
  • Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
  • Adults and children aged 6 months and older with a long-term health condition such as:
    • chronic heart disease, including acute coronary syndrome
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic renal failure
    • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system
    • diabetes mellitus
    • down syndrome
    • haemoglobinopathies
    • morbid obesity i.e. body mass index (BMI) over 40
    • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)

Children aged 6 months and older:

  • with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability
  • on long-term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reyes syndrome).

The vaccine is also recommended for 

  • Healthcare workers including all GP practice staff
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
  • Carers and household contacts of people with increased medical risk
  • People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl

Find out how to get the flu vaccine.

More information

This page was updated on 13 September 2019