NSS Annual Flu Programme
Protect yourself, your family, colleagues and patients.
Book your appointment on line now - Click here for the link to the booking system. There is no need to register for the site simply add your details and book your appointment.
Please note - if your preferred clinic is fully booked you are welcome to attend at an alternative site but please continue to check the clinic you originally wished to attend for any cancellations.
Be sure to check the things to do below, before attending the clinics.
Staff often feel so busy they don’t think about getting vaccinated themselves, but it is important to do so. Influenza is dangerous, highly contagious and largely preventable and staff can be putting patients and their own families at risk by not having the flu vaccination. Frontline and Nursing staff are at increased risk of getting flu and spreading the virus to others, even when they don’t have symptoms and while most flu cases are mild it can lead to complications for patients with health problems.
All staff in NSS are encouraged to get the flu vaccine as it is important for all of us. Sessions will be run at all of the NSS sites. Healthcare Improvement Staff (HIS), Health Scotland (HS) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES, GP Trainees in Practice only) staff can also access sessions at any of these sites.
Frontline Staff - Be a Flu Fighter....we need you!
If you work in SNBTS whether you are a nurse, carer or scientist working in the donor teams, patient services, transport, processing and donor testing.....without you we won't get blood supplies from our donors or deliver critical clinical treatments to the patients of Scotland.
If you work in National Procurement whether you are part of the warehouse team, transport or support patients with domiciliary oxygen therapy.....without you we won't be able to support vital clinical supplies reaching Scotland's patients in hospitals, health centres and community care teams at the busiest time of year
Getting your flu vaccine will help keep patients, families, colleagues and you safe this winter.
Protect me, Protect you, Protect EVERYONE from flu this year.
Things to do before attending your clinics.
- Make sure you have something to eat before attending your appointment.
- Please attend 5 minutes prior to your appointment to give you time to complete the consent form.
- Wear accessible clothing on the day. If you are unable to roll up your sleeve, Tee shirts will be available for you to change into.
- If you feel unwell before attending your appointment please let Healthy Working Lives know by contacting 0131 275 6360.
- After receiving your vaccination please send the carbon copy of the consent form to your GP.
- Why do I have to give my mobile number when booking a flu appointment?
This is to allow us to alert people if there is a change to a clinic or where a clinic has to be cancelled at short notice. A landline number will not allow us to contact staff who are travelling to an appointment at another location and therefore already in transit. Your mobile number is securely stored, is not used for any other purposes and will be fully deleted from the system once the clinic programme is finished.
- Will eating a healthy diet and taking plenty of vitamin C prevent me from getting flu?
No! Flu is a virus and can affect anyone, no matter how good your immune system is.
- Do I need the flu jab if I'm not in an at risk group?
Anyone can get flu and pass it on to vulnerable groups, even with no symptoms, therefore it's important to get the flu jab to stop the spread of the virus.
- I've never had the flu so I'm not likely to get it.
The flu virus mutates so you need to be vaccinated yearly for protection.
- Is the flu vaccine safe?
The vaccine is well tested and has an excellent safety record.
- I've heard the vaccine does not work and that I will still get flu
In the past 10 years the vaccine has provided good coverage against flu and it is still the best way to fight flu this winter.
- Will the flu jab give me flu?
The flu jab cannot give you flu as it does not contain any live viruses