Flu is much worse than a bad cold, it can be life-threatening. The flu vaccine is the safest, most effective way to protect yourself from flu.

Trust the facts. Get the vaccine.

Trust the facts. Get the vaccine.

There's a lot of fake news about the flu vaccine. Trust the facts:

  • Fact: flu is much worse than a bad cold – it can be life-threatening
  • Fact: thousands are hospitalised with flu every year in Scotland
  • Fact: you can’t get flu from the vaccine
  • Fact: the flu vaccine is the safest, most effective way to protect yourself from flu
More about flu

Who should be immunised?

Help protect yourself and others from flu

Some people are at greater risk from the dangers of flu. Everyone in these groups should make sure they're immunised every year. This includes:

  • children aged 2-5 and not yet in school (on 1 September 2019)
  • primary school children
  • people with a health condition such as diabetes, breathing problems or heart and kidney conditions
  • those aged 65 and over (by 31 March 2020)
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid or young carers

Fact: people with a compromised immune system are over 50 times more likely than a healthy person to die from flu.

How to protect children from flu How to protect yourself from flu

How to get immunised

How to get immunised

The flu vaccine's available from October 2019. The earlier you get the vaccine, the better.

If you’re someone who needs the vaccine or you have children aged 2-5 and not yet in school (on 1 September 2019), contact your GP practice (or midwife if you're pregnant) to make an appointment or find out about local flu clinic arrangements.

Primary school children

All primary school children are being offered the nasal-spray vaccine in school between October and December.

Complete and return the consent form that your child brings home from school. If your child has a health condition they're also offered the vaccine in school and no longer need to get it from their GP.

How to arrange your flu vaccination

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