Vaccines for Immunosuppressed

Vaccines for immunosuppressed people

Some medical conditions increase the risk of complications from infectious diseases. Children and adults with such conditions should be immunised as a priority.

Vaccines for immunosuppressed people

Immunosuppression means you have a weakened immune system due to a particular health condition or because you are on medication or treatment that suppresses your immune system. People who are immunosuppressed, or who have specific other medical conditions, may have a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases, including COVID-19.

Some medical conditions increase the risk of complications from infectious diseases, and children and adults with such conditions should be immunised as a matter of priority. These groups may also require additional vaccinations or additional doses of vaccines to provide adequate protection.

Most people with immunosuppression will be under the care of a hospital specialist and/or known to their GP.

Find out more about immunisation of individuals with underlying health conditions

COVID-19 vaccine

If you have a weakened immune system due to a health condition or medical treatment, and are aged six months or over, you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination (if it has been at least three months since your last vaccination).

Find out more about COVID-19 guidance for people who are immunosuppressed.

Flu vaccine

The flu vaccine is recommended for people at higher risk of getting seriously ill from flu.  If you have certain long-term health conditions, then you can get the NHS flu vaccine for free.

Find out more about eligibility for the flu vaccine.

Household contacts

It is recommended that household contacts (people who expect to share living accommodation on most days) of severe immunosuppressed chidren and adults (over 12 years of age) have flu and COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that immunosuppressed people are as protected as possible from COVID-19 and seasonal flu.  Household contacts are also eligible for free COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccines.