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Flu vaccine UK: Can it protect against COVID-19? Changes to this year's flu jab service

This year, the government’s flu vaccination programme is being extended and will be available for free for people aged 50 to 65 and for households living with people shielding from coronavirus.

But will this year’s vaccine protect you against COVID-19?

According to Richard Bradley, Director of Pharmacy at Boots, the flu vaccination doesn’t prevent coronavirus, but with flu season (winter) being a particularly busy time for GPs and hospitals, getting this year’s flu vaccine could reduce the risk of the NHS becoming overwhelmed.

He said: “As COVID-19 continues to be present in the UK, it is more important than ever for people to consider getting their flu vaccination this year.

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