Full list of people who should get a flu jab this year – as new categories added

Brits have been warned that they face a “tough” winter, as the climate becomes optimal for coronavirus to thrive – as well as seasonal flu and common colds.

Now people are being advised to get a flu jab to protect against the “double danger” of flu and coronavirus.

Research has shown that people can catch both at the same time – with potentially deadly consequences.

A vaccine against coronavirus is still not available. But this year more people than ever will be offered the free flu vaccine.

The government has called it the “biggest” programme ever, and hopes it will relieve the pressures on emergency care in case of a second spike of Covid-19 infections.

Here is a full list of people who will be offered the vaccine:

  • People who were required to shield from coronavirus, and those who live with them
  • People with some medical conditions, including diabetes, heart failure and asthma
  • Pregnant women
  • Pre-school children over the age of two
  • All primary school children, as last year, and for the first time Year 7 pupils
  • Initially all people over 65 – followed by the over 50s

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The classification for over 65s, is those who are over 65 or over on March 31 2021.

That means anyone born on or before March 31 1956.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty said: “Flu can have serious consequences and vulnerable people can die of it. Having the vaccine protects you, and helps reduce transmission to others."

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He continued: “This winter more than ever, with COVID-19 still circulating, we need to help reduce all avoidable risks.

“Vaccinating more people will help reduce flu transmission and stop people becoming ill.”

Where to get the vaccine

You can get the NHS flu jab at:

  • Local GP surgeries
  • Local pharmacies offering the service
  • Midwifery services if they offer it to pregnant women

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