Flu Vaccinations – your questions answered

Who should get a flu vaccine

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 55 and over (from December)
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  • social care workers who provide direct personal care

Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.

Why should I get a flu vaccine?

With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.

Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.

Getting your flu vaccine

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the need to keep physical distancing means that we will have stricter procedures in place for our flu clinics this year.

In Barclay Livingston North, we will be holding clinics in the surgery to give flu vaccines to eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.

Letters and text messages will be sent to eligible patients to advise when our clinics will begin. Please ensure that your contact details have been updated with the surgery. If you need to rearrange your appointment you may be asked to call back at a later date to make the appointment again so we can ensure that we have a sufficient supply of vaccinations for clinics.

What do I do if I’m over 65, aged 18-64 and in a clinical risk group or living with someone who was shielding during lockdown?

You should be invited to one of the clinics in the surgery by text or letter in October. If you have not received something from us by mid November please call 01506 836333 for more information.

Or go to nhsinform.scot/flu to find a pharmacy where you can get a free flu vaccine.

When attending the clinics please ensure:

  • You do not attend if you are ill or if anyone in your house is showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You should attend at the exact time of the appointment given to you, please do not arrive early
  • Please wear a short sleeved top, ensure that your jacket/jumper is off before entering the room and that your arm is immediately available for the vaccination.
  • If you have received a letter that you bring it with you to the appointment.
  • DO NOT ATTEND if you have not been given an appointment for that clinic, we will not be vaccinating walk-ins as a strict number of the vaccination stock has been allocated to each clinic.

What do I do if i’m pregnant?

You should speak to your midwife team about the flu vaccination who will direct you to the appropriate clinic, 01506 836321.

What do I do if I’m 55-64?

If you are aged 55-64, and are not in any of the above categories, you will get a vaccine in a later phase of the programme. We will update this information as soon as all of the details are confirmed.

What do I do if I have a child at primary school?

Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform.

What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?

Children aged 2-5 will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the locality. You will receive letters regarding this direct from the health board. If you have any questions you should phone the number recorded on that letter.

What if I have any questions?

You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0800 22 44 88.