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

Delivery by community midwives in Aberdeenshire and Moray. Aberdeen women will be offered the vaccine prior to their 12 and 20 week scans at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.

For pregnant women who have passed these scan dates or have not reached them by end March 2021 should call the NHS Grampian Flu Helpline on 0345 337 9899 to arrange an appointment.

Why get the vaccine?

Pregnant women are more at risk of flu-related complications and need extra protection.

Every year in Scotland, a number of pregnant women will get flu, some of whom will require hospitalisation and intensive care treatment.

Pregnant women with a health condition such as diabetes or asthma are particularly vulnerable.

The flu vaccine:

  • can help protect you and your developing baby against this year’s flu virus
  • contains no live viruses, so it can’t give you flu
  • is safe for your baby and for you at any stage of your pregnancy.

Even if you’ve had a flu vaccine in the past, you need to get protected again this year because the virus changes constantly and your immunity reduces over time.

The flu vaccine takes around 10 days to work, so the sooner you get it the better.

If you’ve been pregnant before, remember that a healthy flu-free pregnancy last time is no guarantee that you won’t catch flu this time. To make sure you get the maximum protection, you need to get the vaccine again.


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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