There are some things you can do to help yourself stay well in winter. This includes getting your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.
Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations
It's important to get your seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccinations if you're at higher risk of getting seriously ill from these illnesses.
Who should have the flu and COVID-19 vaccines
You are able to get the NHS flu and Covid-19 vaccines for free if you:
- are aged 65 or over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
- have certain health conditions or a learning disability
- are pregnant
- live with someone who has a weakened immune system
- are a carer
- are a frontline health or social care worker
- live in a care home
Most children can get the children's flu vaccine. This includes children who were aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023, school-aged children (Reception to Year 11) and children with certain health conditions.
How to get the flu vaccine
If you're eligible for an NHS flu vaccine, you can:
- contact your GP surgery to book an appointment
- find a pharmacy that offers NHS flu vaccination (if you're aged 18 or over)
- book a flu vaccination appointment online or in the NHS App (if you're aged 18 or over)
Some people may be able to get vaccinated through their maternity service, care home or their employer if they are a frontline health or social care worker.
You do not have to wait for an invitation before booking an appointment.
How to get the COVID-19 vaccine
If you're eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you can:
If you're aged 12 or over, you do not have to wait for an invitation before booking an appointment. Children under 12 years should wait to be invited.
Find out more about seasonal vaccinations and winter health at: www.nhs.uk/wintervaccinations