It’s time to get serious about flu. Last year thousands of people were hospitalised due to flu. That’s why this year’s flu vaccine's important if you've an existing health condition, are pregnant, are over 65 or work in healthcare. The best way to protect yourself is to get the free seasonal flu vaccine.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine's the best available protection against the flu virus. It’s very safe, only takes a few minutes and will last around a year. Some people are at greater risk from the effects of flu and should get the vaccine. This includes:

Health condition

Anyone with a health condition

Each year the flu vaccine protects against the most common strains of flu. You're more at risk from flu complications if you have illnesses or health conditions such as:

  • liver problems - for example cirrhosis or hepatitis
  • chronic heart disease
  • respiratory disease
  • diabetes
  • multiple sclerosis

Get serious about flu. Get your flu vaccine sorted. Even if you’re fit and well, contact your GP now.

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Aged 65 or over

People aged 65 years or over

If you're aged 65 or over, you're recommended to get the free flu vaccine. It’s the safest and most effective way to help protect yourself against flu.

Get serious about flu. Get your flu vaccine sorted. Contact your GP now.

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Pregnant women

Pregnant women

Pregnant women are more at risk of flu-related complications and need extra protection. Flu infection during pregnancy can be very harmful to yourself and your baby. The flu vaccine can help protect you and your developing baby against this year’s flu virus. The vaccine's safe for your baby and for you at any stage of your pregnancy.

Get serious about flu. Get your flu vaccine sorted. Contact your GP now.

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Healthcare workers

Healthcare workers

Healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to the flu virus. Every year in Scotland, a number of healthcare workers get flu. Having the vaccine's the best way to help protect yourself, your family and your patients against flu this year.

To get the free vaccine (available from October) speak to your line manager or occupational health department today.

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