Experts are asking those who haven’t had their flu vaccination to get immunised, particularly grandparents who will be visiting their grandchildren.
Free NHS flu vaccines are available for people who are:
- aged 65 or over
- living with certain medical conditions
- in care homes
- caring for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if they fall ill
Public Health England and the NHS are urging parents of at-risk children to contact their GP instead to get the vaccine this side of Christmas to help stop the virus spreading.
Current evidence shows vaccinations available this year are well matched to the main strain of flu circulating.