Flu is very infectious and can be serious. Even healthy people can become seriously ill from flu. Flu can lead to complications that may result in hospitalisation or even death.

The annual flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to help protect against the flu.

NHS inform provides information for the public about immunisations in Scotland.

Find out more about flu on NHS inform (external website).

Eligible groups

Learn more about the eligible groups for the child flu vaccine

When the flu vaccine is given

NHS Scotland will invite those eligible for the free flu vaccine from September 2023 onwards. This will help protect individuals before flu viruses start to circulate, which is usually in winter.

Policy and guidance

Further information is provided by the Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) directorate (external website):

Last updated: 02 August 2023
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