Flu is serious. Every year in Scotland people are hospitalised with flu, and this winter our immunity may be lower than usual.

The annual flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to help protect against the flu.

Those most at risk from flu are also most vulnerable to concurrent infection with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the impact of coronavirus on the most vulnerable in society, it’s vital we do all that we can to reduce the impact of seasonal flu on those most at risk. This ensures that the impact of potential co-circulation of flu and coronavirus is kept to an absolute minimum.

NHS inform provides information for the public about immunisations in Scotland.

Find out more about flu on NHS inform (external website).

Eligible groups

Learn more about the eligible groups for the child flu vaccine and the adult flu vaccine

When the flu vaccine is given

NHSScotland will invite those eligible for the free flu vaccine from September 2021 onwards. This will help protect individuals before flu viruses start to circulate, which is usually in winter.

Policy and guidance

The Scottish Government has outlined Scotland's autumn/winter vaccination strategy for seasonal flu and COVID-19.

View Scotland's autumn/winter vaccination strategy for seasonal flu and COVID-19 (external website).

Further information is also provided by the Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) directorate (external website):

Last updated: 07 January 2022
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