Why it's important to get your flu jab

This year, it’s more important than ever that people who are in an at-risk group get a flu jab.

Here's what you need to know

This year in East Lothian, there will be some changes to where people considered to be at risk of flu will receive their annual flu vaccination.

  • People between the ages of 18-64 will be receiving letters shortly inviting them to make appointments at one of our ELHSCP weekend flu clinics.
  • For those over 65 or children and young people with certain health conditions, vaccination will be offered in your GP practice - if you look read on through the pages in this section, your, you can see what’s planned by your practice.  People over 65 and those aged 18-64 in an at-risk group may also be able receive a free flu jab at a participating local pharmacy.
  • Front-line workers should get a flu jab too. Health and social care staff should get this through their work, but if you work on the front-line in another capacity, check with work and if they aren’t providing flu jabs, go to NHS Inform (www.nhsinform.scot) for information about what to do next.

Remember—stay safe, stay well this winter

Who needs to get a flu jab?

Some people are at greater risk from the dangers of flu. Everyone in these groups should make sure they receive a flu jab every year, including:

  • children aged 2-5 and not yet in school
  • primary school children
  • people with a health condition such as diabetes, breathing problems or heart, liver and kidney conditions
  • those aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid or young carers.

COVID-19 - infection control and social distancing

Practices and clinics will have strict controls in place, so make sure that you book an appointment (apart from Dunbar Medical Centre patients). There are no drop-in sessions.

Download a printable version of the information in this section.