A staggering 35 million people will be offered the flu vaccine this year, the Government has announced, with more younger people than ever before to be offered the jab. So who is eligible for the flu vaccine? And what are the UK’s flu vaccine dates in 2021?
This year, the UK Government has announced the “biggest flu vaccination programme in UK history”, giving the flu vaccine to more than 35 million people.
Secondary school students up to Year 11 will be given the flu jab for the first time.
Last year, four in five over-65s had their flu vaccine in England.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The phenomenal scale of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is a clear demonstration of the positive impact vaccination can make and I encourage all those eligible to get their flu jab when called forward.”
When can I get the flu jab?
The best time to get the jab is in the Autumn – September and October – before the flu virus starts spreading widely.
After getting the jab, it takes about 10 to 14 days for you to be protected from the virus.
The full jab roll-out is expected from this month, but Boots are already taking bookings for the over-65s.
You can register your interest on Boots’ online service.
If you’re eligible, you should receive a letter or email asking you to book your jab.
If you don’t receive anything and believe you should be jabbed, call your GP or pharmacy to check.
What are the flu jab side effects?
The side effects of the flu jab tend to be mild and should only last for a day or so. The most common side effects are:
- Muscle aches
- Sore arm