Where can I get the free flu jab?
You can get a seasonal flu vaccination from your family doctor or in-house medical officer at work. Vaccination is free of charge if you fall into one of the high-risk groups. The flu jab is not compulsory, even if your employer has sent you an invitation for one.
High-risk groups for influenza
People who run a higher risk of becoming seriously ill after contracting influenza can get a free flu jab. This includes:
- people aged 60 and over;
- people with cardiovascular disease;
- people with lung disease;
- people with diabetes;
- people with kidney disease;
- people whose immune systems are compromised through disease or medical treatment such as chemotherapy.
If you fall into one of these groups, you will be advised to come for a flu jab. An invitation will be sent to you every year.
Paying for the flu jab yourself
If you are not eligible for a free flu jab you can still get the vaccination, but you will have to pay for it yourself. Some employers offer their staff free flu vaccinations.