Free flu vaccine for over-50s

By Isobel Rix

People aged 50 to 64 will be able to get their free flu vaccine from December 1.

In relation to coronavirus, the NHS website states the flu vaccination is important because:

  • if you’re at higher risk from coronavirus, you’re also more at risk of problems from flu
  • if you get flu and coronavirus at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill
  • it’ll help to reduce pressure on the NHS and social care staff who may be dealing with coronavirus

It also notes that if you’ve had COVID-19, it’s safe to have the flu vaccine. It’ll be effective at helping to prevent the flu.

The GOV.UK website states: “There is enough flu vaccine supply to vaccinate 30 million people throughout this year’s flu season in England.”

To find out more, speak to your GP or pharmacist.

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