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Find out if you are eligible

Flu is not like a bad cold, it is a debilitating condition which affects the whole body. It can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. Serious cases of flu can result in being admitted to hospital, and in some instances could be fatal.

Listen to Dr Jonathan Cox, Consultant from Public Health Norfolk

Who is eligible - adults

Adults in ANY of the following groups are eligible to receive a free flu:

• are 65 years of age or over
• are pregnant
• have certain medical conditions (see below)
• are very overweight – (body mass index over 40)
• are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
• receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
• are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, or a social care worker
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:
• chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or bronchitis
• chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
• chronic kidney disease
• chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
• chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease or motor neurone disease
• diabetes
• 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 medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

Who is eligible - children

The flu vaccine is recommended for:

• children over the age of six months with a long-term health condition
• healthy children aged two, three and four plus children in school years one and two.
• Children aged between six months and two years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine should have the flu jab.
• Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between two and 18 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

Your GP Practice, health visitor or school nurse can offer more details, or there is much more detailed guidance at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/who-should-have-flu-vaccine.aspx