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Should you get the flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster jab this Winter?

In short? Yes! If you're aged 50 and over, live in residential care or another long-stay care facility, provide care for an older or disabled person, live in the same household as someone who is immunosuppressed, or you have certain health conditions, you can get your flu jab free from a GP or Pharmacist. This winter it’s more important than ever to get your vaccines.


Myths: There are a lot of untruths around vaccinations floating about. Friends and family may share posts on social media or say things that have no basis in fact, so be sure to question what you hear and see. You don’t have to be an expert, just make sure you get your information from a trustworthy source such as news, NHS or Age UK websites.

Covid-19 Booster

If you are aged 50 and over or have certain health conditions then you will also be eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccination. You should take up the offer of both the flu vaccine and Covid-19 vaccine when they are offered to you to protect yourself this winter. You may be offered both at the same time, or separately but don’t delay getting either vaccine when you are invited.

Let’s protect ourselves and those around us. Flu is most prevalent from October to March, but it is much more than just a nasty cold. In England, flu caused over 1700 admissions to hospitals in people aged 65 and over in 2018-19. This winter it is more important than ever to make sure that we protect ourselves and others around us.  

See our FAQs on both the flu and the Covid-19 vaccines here