Thousands of people with existing health conditions are being encouraged to book their flu jab this year as more people are expected to get ill with the virus.

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition, including:

  • respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and bronchitis
  • diabetes
  • heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease or heart failure
  • being very overweight – a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
  • chronic kidney disease
  • liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
  • a learning disability
  • problems with your spleen, for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or taking medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

Please speak to your doctor if you have a long-term condition that is not in one of these groups. If they think you are at risk of serious problems if you catch the flu, they should offer you a vaccination.

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If you have not yet had both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination, please book via the National Booking System or by calling 119.