Flu Vaccines Start for People Aged 60-64

People aged 60-64 in Forth Valley are being encouraged to take up the free flu vaccine from 1st December 2020 as the next phase of the largest ever national flu immunisation programme is delivered in Scotland.

With vaccination for the first phase of the flu programme well under way, eligibility is now being extended to those aged 60-64 as a priority, especially in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The vaccine is being delivered by a number of local GP practices and pharmacies and some of those who are eligible will also receive a letter inviting them to book an appointment at a community vaccination clinic which are taking place at a range of local venues.

Dr Stuart Cumming, NHS Forth Valley’s Clinical Lead for the Flu Vaccination Programme, said: “I’d encourage anyone invited to come forward for the flu vaccine to make sure they arrange an appointment as it’s the best protection we have against flu. It’s free, safe and isn’t a live virus so it can’t give you flu.

“Every year thousands of people in Scotland are hospitalised by flu. With Covid-19 in circulation, it is more important than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones. And regardless of the current Covid-19 protection measures in force where you live, you are still allowed to travel to get your flu vaccine or attend other healthcare appointments and strict infection control measures are in place to ensure the utmost safety.”

Scotland’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nicola Steedman, added: “This year more than ever it is important that those invited for vaccination take up the offer to protect themselves, their family and, where possible, the NHS. I’ve had my vaccine already, and would urge all of those who are eligible, including the new group of people aged 60-64, to get one too.”

Phase one of the flu vaccination programme included those aged 65 or over; those under the age of 65 with a medical conditions which puts them at higher risk (such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, heart and lung diseases, autoimmune disorders or sickle cell disease); people living in the same house as those previously shielding from Covid-19; pregnant women; children in primary school; 2-5 year olds not yet in school and health and social care workers, and young and unpaid carers.

Anyone who missed being immunised in the first phase can still arrange an appointment to get vaccinated in this second phase. Details of the community clinics, GP practices and pharmacies delivering the vaccine in the second phase as well as details of how to book an appointment if you missed being vaccinated in the first phase are available on the NHS Forth Valley website.