Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
This year the flu vaccination is being offered to anyone over 50 and those people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.
To find if you are eligible or how to get your flu vaccine visit www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine or call NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre 0345 337 9899.
In 2017, the Scottish Government and the Scottish General Practitioners Committee (SGPC) agreed vaccinations would move away from a model based on GP delivery to one based on NHS Board delivery through dedicated teams. Therefore, as per previous years, the flu vaccination will not be administered in GP Practices but within a dedicated clinics.
Flu appointment letters, for those eligible, will be sent out by NHS Grampian.