Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself and your loved ones from flu this winter is one easy way to do this.
This year the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership has introduced a new way of getting your flu vaccination in Edinburgh – the flu drive through. Instead of visiting your GP to get your vaccine, you will visit one of eight drive through clinics across Edinburgh.
The drive through clinics will open most weekends in October and November but it’s always helpful to check for any changes in the timetable. You’ll find details on the NHS Inform website. If you can’t make the allocated slot (by your surname), then it’s fine to go along any time during opening hours.
If you don’t have access to a car, you’ll be able to visit a walk through clinic and details of these are also on the NHS Inform website.
As a carer you may also be vaccinated in your own home if you live with someone who is housebound. Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership nurses will vaccinate each person who is housebound and anyone else living within their home.
If you live with someone who was asked to shield for health reasons, everyone within your household should get a free flu vaccination.
Young carers should use the drive through and walk through clinics too, although anyone at primary school will get their vaccination at school.
For more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu to find out where you can get your flu jab. You’ll be given a time to attend a clinic after completing a short questionnaire.
Find your nearest flu drive through on www.nhsinform.scot/flu or by calling 0800 22 44 88.