Flu vaccine shortage 2020: Will the flu jab run out this year?

The flu jab is free for some, such as those aged 65 or over, but analysis from earlier this year has shown the take up rate has dropped by five percent, while the Government has ambitions to vaccinate 55 percent of people in vulnerable groups.

The uptake rate among over 65s, the primary recipients, had stayed high, with 73 percent taking up the offer last year.

Public Health England says the jab – which in recent years has been freely available to over 65s, those with long running health conditions and pregnant women, among others – is the most effective way to reduce pressures on intensive care units, and is vital in the age of coronavirus to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed this winter.

Now is the perfect time to get the flu jab – it is recommended those who want or need it should get it in the early autumn, ready for the onset of the season which peaks in December and January.