The Scottish national flu vaccination programme is now underway. Those eligible to receive the vaccine are being urged to act early and get protected ahead of winter.
The following groups are eligible for the flu vaccine:
- those aged 65 years of age and over;
- those over six months of age with a medical condition which puts them in an ‘at risk’ group such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, heart and lung diseases or autoimmune disorders;
- NHSScotland workers;
- unpaid carers;
- pregnant women (including those with ‘at risk’ conditions);
- children aged 2-11 years old. 2-5 year olds who are not yet in school will be vaccinated at their GP practice and 5-11 year olds will be vaccinated at school during the autumn term.
Figures show that on average, 1,918 people are hospitalised for flu or its complications each year in Scotland. The number of reported cases of flu more than doubled last winter and vaccination is recommended as the best defence against the virus.
Source: Scottish Government, 4 October 2018