Flu Vaccine Information

From Public Health Wales

Who should have a flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine is recommended and free of charge on the NHS to the following groups of people:
Individuals from 6 months of age with one (or more) long term health condition, including:
  • Chest problems (including moderate to severe asthma)
  • Diabetes (including diet controlled)
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Stroke or mini stroke
  • Suppressed immune system (maybe due to cancer treatment)
  • No spleen (or a spleen that doesn’t work very well)
Other people who should have a flu vaccine every year include:
  • Children aged 2 to 10 years of age visit Beat Flu - Children for more information
  • Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more (morbidly obese)
  • Pregnant women visit Pregnancy & Flu Vaccine Guide for more information  
  • Individuals aged 65 years or over (those aged 65 or above on 31 March 2019 can have a free flu vaccine i.e. born on or before 31 March 1954)
  • People who live in a care home
  • Carers of a person whose health or welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • People who work in an adult care home
In 2021 everyone from 50 upwards plus all children from 2 upwards will be included in the Welsh NHS flu programme.
Frontline healthcare workers, this includes people who provide frequent care on a voluntary basis, members of voluntary organisations providing planned emergency first aid and Community First Responders. Healthcare workers should be offered a flu vaccine by their employer.

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