Eligible Groups
Do you qualify for the free flu vaccination?

Choose from the list below to find out the winter vaccination programme details for your patient group.

 

Care Home Residents and Staff

Local Health board staff will make contact with Care Homes directly. For any workers who miss vaccination on site, you can go online to book your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013.

All those 65 years of age and over

You will receive a letter with an appointment. If your date or time is unsuitable, you can go online to reschedule your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013. Details are also available on your appointment letter.

If you are also entitled to a COVID-19 Vaccination, this will be given at the same time.

Health and Social Care Workers

All staff can book an appointment on the national online portal or call the National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013 from 22nd August.

Flu vaccination information for Healthcare workers

Flu vaccination information for Social Care workers

Independent NHS contractors, (GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists)

Who can get the Flu Vaccination?

  • All NHS Grampian staff
  • Other staff who are eligible include: GPs, dentists, pharmacists, healthcare students, Practitioner Services, Scottish Ambulance Service and Blood Transfusion Service

Where can you get the Flu Vaccination?

Flu vaccinations will be available through:

  • Peer Vaccination
  • Book via national online portal or call the National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013 from 22nd August

Adults aged 16 to 49 years in an at-risk group plus adult household contacts of people with immunosuppression and unpaid carers

Adults aged 16 to 49 years in an at-risk group will be invited to their local immunisation clinic

You will receive a letter with an appointment offering covaccination for COVID-19 vaccination and flu vaccination. If your date or time is unsuitable, you can go online to reschedule your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013. Details are also available on your appointment letter.

Conditions and diseases which can make flu more dangerous include:

  • asthma
  • stroke
  • bronchitis
  • liver problems such as cirrhosis/hepatitis
  • emphysema
  • diabetes
  • cystic fibrosis
  • asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • chronic heart disease
  • being very overweight
  • chronic kidney failure
  • HIV infection.

Anyone undergoing chemotherapy treatment or on medication that reduces their immunity is at higher risk and should also get immunised.

Severely Immunosuppressed Patients

Patients who are severely immunosuppressed will be eligible for both flu vaccination and a COVID-19 Vaccine.

You will receive a letter with an appointment offering covaccination for COVID-19 vaccination and flu vaccination. If your date or time is unsuitable, you can go online to reschedule your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013. Details are also available on your appointment letter.

Household contact of severely immunosuppressed

Household contacts of severely immunosuppressed patients are eligible for free flu vaccination this year.

You can go online to book your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013.

Unpaid and Young Carers

If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person, who may be put at risk if you became ill, you will be eligible for a free flu jab

How to book an appointment

You may be asked to self register online similar to the way you were invited for COVID-19 vaccination. An appointment will then be made for you at a local vaccination centre or you can call the National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013.

Those aged 6 months to 15 years who have certain underlying health conditions which increase risk

You will receive a letter with an appointment. If your date or time is unsuitable, you can go online to reschedule your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013. Details are also available on your appointment letter.

The flu vaccine for children may be an injectable vaccine or the nasal spray, some children may require 2 doses if it is their first flu vaccination.

Conditions and diseases which can make flu more dangerous include:

  • asthma
  • stroke
  • bronchitis
  • liver problems such as cirrhosis/hepatitis
  • emphysema
  • diabetes
  • cystic fibrosis
  • asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • chronic heart disease
  • being very overweight
  • chronic kidney failure
  • HIV infection.

You may be eligible to have the vaccine as a nasal spray. For more information visit the NHS Inform child flu page.

2 – 5 year old pre-school children

Parents and guardians will receive a letter with an appointment to attend one of our vaccination centres across Grampian to receive their flu vaccination.

If your appointment is not suitable call the NHS Grampian flu helplines on:

Aberdeenshire 0330 128 9919

Aberdeen City 0800 030 4713

Moray 0345 337 9899

 

5 – 11 years old children in a school setting

Primary and Secondary age school children – Flu programme

All primary school children receive their flu vaccination at school. Look out for a letter, leaflets and consent form coming home from school.

Children who are home educated will also be offered the vaccine, provided they’re in an eligible age group.

Primary and Secondary School pupils who have missed their immunisation session in school and should be issued with a leaflet with missed vaccination information on it.

Sorry we missed you leaflet

Pregnancy

The Royal College of Midwives along with Scotland’s Chief Medical and Chief Nursing Officers recommend that all pregnant women should have the free flu vaccine, even if you’ve had it before or this isn’t your first baby.

How to book an appointment

Pregnancy vaccination is provided by community midwives in the Grampian area.  Your community midwife will arrange your vaccination at the appropriate ante natal appointment.

If you are also entitled to a COVID-19 Vaccination, this will be given at the same time.

All those 50 to 64 years of age

You can go online to book your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013.

If you are also entitled to a COVID-19 Vaccination, this will be given at the same time.

Teachers, nursery teachers and support staff in close contact with pupils

You can go online to book your appointment or contact National Call Centre on 0800 030 8013.

Prison staff and support staff in close contact with the prison population (delivering direct detention services)

You will be offered your vaccine on site.
If you are also entitled to a COVID-19 Vaccination, this will be given at the same time.

Not eligible

What if I’m not in one of the eligible groups?

If you are not in one of the eligible groups for the free flu immunisation, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.

Your Questions Answered - FAQs

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the flu vaccine, please visit our FAQs page

CONTACT

National Call Centre (available 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week)
0800 030 8013

 

Visit NHS Inform for further information on the Flu Vaccination programme

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