Influenza (Flu)

This section provides information on the Influenza (Flu) vaccine.

The annual flu vaccine is offered from October onwards for everyone aged 65 and over, pregnant women, everyone with serious health condition, and all health care workers.

It is also offered to all primary school children, as well as children aged 2-5 years who are not yet in primary school. Children in secondary school are not currently included in the programme. However, children of all ages with a serious health condition will be offered the flu vaccine from 6 months of age.

For more information about the annual flu vaccine visit the Immunisation Scotland flu pages (external link).

The seasonal flu immunisation programme for 2017/18 will commence on 1 October 2017 and run until 31 March 2018.

Posters and leaflets will be available in various health and social care settings, such as GP practices, pharmacies and libraries. These are aimed at people with serious health conditions, pregnant women and healthcare workers. They include important information about the seriousness of flu and why getting the vaccine is the best defense against an unpredictable virus such as flu. 

Links to the leaflets and posters are below.

The flu vaccine for over 65s and those with healthcare conditions leaflet and poster.
The flu vaccine for healthcare workers leaflet and poster.
The flu vaccine for pregnant women leaflet and poster.

Invitation Letters and GP resources

A central invite will be sent to invite eligible patients aged 65 years or over for the flu immunisation - for information this is the central invitation letter.

A template letter is available to use to invite eligible patients under 65 years old and in the at risk groups for the flu immunisation.

PowerPoint presentation available for GPs to use to promote flu immunisation in GP surgeries. 

Child Flu resources for Health Professionals and School Staff

Click on the links below for more information on the childhood flu immunisation programme 2017/18 or to access the support materials, for health professionals and for school staff. 

Updated 16 August 2017

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