The vaccine takes around 10 days to work and should help protect you from flu for around a year. You have to get immunised every year because flu viruses change constantly and your immunity reduces over time.
The flu vaccine can’t give you flu, but it can stop you catching it.
Which vaccines are used?
The following vaccines are routinely used in Scotland:
The adjuvanted Trivalent Inactivated Vaccine (aTIV) contains a substance, known as an adjuvant, to help to stimulate the immune system and create a better response.
This vaccine's been widely used in many other countries and has been shown to offer better and longer lasting protection in older people than flu vaccines without an adjuvant
It's being offered this year to people aged 65 or over.
If you have an egg allergy
Some of the vaccines for this year are prepared in hens’ eggs.
However one ‘egg-free’ brand which can be used in people from 9 years old is available.
Arrangements are also in place for younger children with an egg allergy to receive the flu vaccine.
If you're affected, please speak to your health professional for advice.
Vaccine is best protection against flu
Over the last 10 years, the flu vaccine's generally been a good match for the circulating strains of flu.
You can be confident getting vaccinated is the best way to help protect yourself against flu.
Even when it's not as well matched, if you catch flu and you've had the vaccine, symptoms may be less severe, and you may be less likely to develop complications.
All medicines (including vaccines) are tested for safety and effectiveness before they're allowed to be used.
Once they're in use, the safety of vaccines continues to be monitored by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).