Flu is serious

Help protect yourself, others and the NHS

Every year in Scotland, thousands of people are hospitalised with flu. Getting vaccinated is the safest, most effective way to protect yourself.

Vaccinating more people than ever

Flu immunisation begins in autumn. This year, with coronavirus (COVID-19) circulating, the flu vaccine is being offered to more people than ever before in Scotland.

The following groups are eligible for the free flu vaccine this year:

A second phase is planned to begin in December and will include those aged 55 to 64 (by 31 March 2021) who would not usually be eligible.

The vaccine's the best defence against flu

The vaccine is safe, effective and is the best protection against flu.

It reduces your risk of getting flu and spreading it to others, especially those who are most at risk. 

You have to be immunised every year because the virus changes each year and your immunity reduces over time.  The vaccine takes around ten days to work so the sooner you get it the better.  Help our NHS avoid the pressure that a spike in seasonal flu would put on top of coronavirus.

Flu is serious TV advert (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WKRzoggsr8)

Watch the latest TV advert for the 2020 flu campaign

Flu appointments are safe

Getting your flu vaccine is one of the most important reasons for leaving your home. Strict infection prevention and control measures will be in place during vaccination.

If you are eligible due to a health condition, the risk of getting seriously ill with the flu virus is greater than the risk of going to get your vaccine.

If you need to use public transport to get to your appointment, this counts as essential travel.

How to get your flu vaccine

Find out how to get the flu vaccine in your area and get more information about this year's vaccine. Or call 0800 22 44 88 (open 8.00am to 10.00pm, 7 days a week).

If you're not in an eligible group

If you're 16 years old, or over, and not in one of the eligible groups for the free flu vaccine, you can get the vaccine in many community pharmacies for a fee.