Flu is much more than a bad cold; it’s a virus that can make even healthy people feel very unwell. Don’t risk it; protect yourself and your family this winter by getting your flu vaccine today.

The vaccine is free to those aged 65 and over, pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy, unpaid carers of any age and those with health conditions which can make them more vulnerable to flu such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and other heart, lung and liver diseases. Those eligible will receive an invitation from their local GP practice by the end of November. 

Children aged 2 to 5 years-old who are not yet in school are also eligible for the free vaccination. Parents can get their child immunised against flu by making an appointment at their local GP. Primary school children will be offered the vaccine free of charge at school based clinics.

Chris Faldon, Nurse Consultant at NHS Borders, said: “Flu is a serious illness which can be life threatening and kills more people in this country than any other vaccine-preventable disease.

“The flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to keep you and your family protected from flu this winter.  I would urge anyone who is eligible for the vaccine to get it. If you have not received an invitation by the end of November, you should contact your GP practice.

“If you are 16 years old or over and not in one of the eligible groups for the free flu immunisation, you can still get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee. It only takes a few minutes to get immunised and it’ll help to keep you well over the winter.”

To find out more about the seasonal flu vaccine visit Immunisation Scotland or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.