Flu is much more than a bad cold; it’s a virus that can make even healthy people seriously unwell.
This year with Covid-19 around, it’s even more important than ever to get the flu vaccine to protect yourself, others and to help our NHS avoid the pressure that a spike in seasonal flu could bring in addition to Covid-19.
The following groups are eligible for a free flu vaccination:
- Those aged 50 and over
- Pregnant women
- Children from the age of two years until the end of secondary school
- Healthcare workers
- Unpaid or young carers
- Those with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and other heart, lung and liver diseases
- Household members of individuals who were shielding
- School and nursery staff who provide pupil facing support
- Social care workers who provide direct care
The flu vaccination programme has started in Fife and things are slightly different this year with our eligible adult population as it is anticipated that some people in this group will also be eligible for a Covid booster vaccination.
The way that vaccinations are delivered in the Fife is changing.
Those who are housebound will continue to get their vaccination at home and care home residents have been getting their vaccination in their care home setting.
Primary and secondary school pupils and pupil facing support staff have also been offered the vaccine at school-based clinics, with parents of children aged 2 to 5 years-old notified via a national letter advising how to book their child’s appointment.
Pregnant women in Fife can get their free flu vaccination at any stage of pregnancy by speaking to their midwife.
Details about our clinic dates and community venues for other eligible groups will be available in due course.
For information about our Covid Booster vaccination programme visit:
Our immunisation team is in the process of visiting all care homes in Fife to offer residents and staff the flu jab and coronavirus booster. If you are a member of staff working in a care home for older adults, and you had your second dose vaccination at least 24 weeks ago, you will be offered both vaccinations on site.
For more information about the flu vaccination programme in Scotland visit NHS Inform.
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