Get the flu jab, get flu safe

flu vaccination is free for people 65 and overRoyal Voluntary Service and the NHS are working together to encourage people over 65 to get flu safe with a free flu jab from their GP.  Flu Safe is a national NHS campaign to highlight the importance of getting the jab, and dispel common misconceptions about the jab and flu itself.

Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be really serious for some. People at most risk include those aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints, and diabetes.

We hope that older people their carers and families, find this guide useful.  Download the flu vaccination winter guide to give to someone you know.

For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit

Why have a flu jab?

The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you'll need another one this year to stay flu safe. The jab doesn’t contain the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu.

If you’re in any of the 'at risk’ groups, the flu jab is completely free, and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.

Simply contact your GP or local chemist to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the flu virus.

Flu facts

  • The flu jab can’t give you flu.
  • The flu jab is perfectly safe.
  • The flu virus changes, so you need a flu jab every year.
  • If you’re pregnant, the flu jab doesn’t harm your unborn baby. In fact it can protect your baby from flu for the first few months of life.
  • The flu jab also protects against swine flu.
  • The flu jab isn’t just for older people – pregnant women, those with health conditions, carers, and those with weakened immunity should all get the jab.
  • The flu jab protects people of all ages.
  • Flu isn’t just a cold, it can be a really serious illness.

NHS Stay Well This Winter Leaflet

Download the flu vaccination winter guide to give to someone you know.

For more information about staying safe, healthy and warm this winter, see our guide preparing for severe wintry conditions.

Find out how we can help

If you know a family member, friend or neighbour who is lonely or isolated, find out how your local Royal Voluntary Service can help.

Get help

Make a donation

Donate online
Make a secure donation online to Royal Voluntary Service using your credit or debit card.

Donate now

Donate by text

Text RVOL03 £3 to 70070.