As people get older, especially over the age of 60, they are more likely to have other long term medical conditions that means it will be more difficult to deal with the flu if they get it.
Why get the vaccine?
If you are aged 60 or over, you need extra protection because your immune system doesn’t fight off infection as well as it used to. This means that you are more at risk of catching flu but it also means that if you do catch flu you are more likely to struggle to get rid of it or fight it off.
Getting the flu vaccine not only protects yourself but others around you like your grandchildren.
You’re eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2020 to 2021) if you’re aged 60 and over on 31 March 2021 (that is, you were born on or before 31 March 1961).
So if you’re currently 59 but will be 60 on 31 March 2021, you do qualify.
It’s important that you benefit from having the most effective vaccine.
For those aged 60 and over you’ll usually be offered the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine. This vaccine contains an adjuvant that helps the immune system make a stronger response to the vaccine.
If you are housebound and cannot travel please contact our NHS Grampian Flu Helpline on 0345 337 9899.
Your Questions Answered - FAQs
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the flu vaccine, please visit our FAQs page
Please contact your local flu helpline:
Aberdeenshire: 0330 128 9919 (available 8:45am - 4:30pm)
Aberdeen City: 0800 030 4713 (available 9am - 5pm)
Moray: 0345 337 9899
(available 8:30am - 4.30pm)
National Helpline (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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