Updated 15 December 2020.
Information is available on www.nhsinform.scot/flu or by calling 0800 22 44 88
The flu programme for 2020 was delivered by Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and all GP Practices in Edinburgh for 2020 will not be performing flu clinics.
Your questions answered
Who should get a flu vaccine
Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?
These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
- all primary school children
- children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
- anyone aged 65+
- anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
- those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
- pregnant women
- healthcare workers
- unpaid and young carers
- social care workers who provide direct personal care
- anyone aged 60-64
Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?
You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.
Why should I get a flu vaccine?
With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.
Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.
Getting your flu vaccine
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the need to keep physical distancing means it is not possible for GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone that should get one.
In Edinburgh, we will set up hubs around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.
If you attend a GP appointment in person during the Flu vaccine season, you may be given a flu vaccine while you are in the practice, but you will not be able to make an appointment just to receive a flu vaccine.
What do I do if I have a child at primary school?
Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform
What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?
Children aged 2-5 will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the city delivered by Children's Services (School Nursing). Parents/carers will receive letters from Children's Services team with appointment times and venues soon, hoping to start in early October 2020.
What if I have any questions?
You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0800 22 44 88.