Protect your child from flu

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

The flu vaccine is offered to all primary school children in Scotland to help protect them against influenza (flu) virus. NHS Scotland strongly recommends your child receives their flu vaccine this year. This is for three reasons:

  1. Flu can be serious, even for healthy children.
  2. To reduce the risk of your child spreading flu to friends and family.
  3. To reduce the strain that a spike in seasonal flu would put on our NHS on top of COVID-19.

All primary school children, including those with an underlying medical condition, will be offered the vaccine. Normally the vaccine will be given as a painless nasal (nose) spray (see the child flu vaccine leaflet for details).

Where will the vaccine be given?

The vaccine is given at school by your local NHS team. This arrangement may change in some areas this year. We will ensure your child is given the vaccine safely and can assure you that strict infection prevention and control measures will be in place.

Your NHS Board will be in touch with your school nearer the time to confirm what the vaccination process will be for children.

Posted: 2 September 2020

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