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This autumn and winter it is expected that many respiratory infections, including flu and COVID-19, may be circulating at high levels. The effects of flu and COVID-19 can be more serious if you are over 50 or have an existing health condition. It is more important than ever for people at risk to get their free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster as soon as possible. The best time to get vaccinated is in the autumn, before the cold temperatures start.
Some people may be eligible for both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster. If you are offered both vaccines, it is safe to have them at the same time.
More people are likely to get flu over the autumn and winter months than usual because fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 restrictions last winter. If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, known as co-infection, research shows you are more likely to be seriously ill. Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around.
Boost your immunity ahead of this winter with the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster. Find out more information: