Anyone aged over 6 months can have a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are free for those people who are most likely to get very sick.
Yearly flu vaccinations are free at your GP, pharmacy or vaccination centre for:
See a full eligibility criteria list here
For the best protection get a flu vaccine before winter, in preparation for the colder months.
It takes around 2 weeks after your flu vaccination to be best protected.
Do I need more than one flu vaccination to be protected?
Most people, aged 9 years and over, need one vaccination each year to get good protection against flu.
If you have a child under 9 -years -old, talk to your healthcare provider as they may need one of two vaccinations depending on if they’ve had a flu vaccine before.
If your appointment is at your GP or healthcare provider, a nurse will most likely give you the vaccine. Many local pharmacists also give flu shots to people aged 13 and older.
After your vaccination, you may be asked to wait for up to 20 minutes in the rare case that you may have a reaction. Many people aged 13 years and older will only need to wait 5 minutes. Children under 13 years will need to wait 20 minutes.
Avoid driving, cycling, or using any other mobility device for 20 minutes after your vaccination.