At-risk groups urged to get flu vaccinations

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Brechin and Edzell residents in the at-risk groups, and healthcare workers, are being urged to take up the offer a free flu vaccination.

NHS Tayside is backing the national seasonal flu vaccination campaign which calls or those who are most at risk to protect themselves from flu.

The vaccine is available free of charge from GP practices for people in at-risk groups, pregnant women, those aged 65 years and over and unpaid carers.

Edzell Health Centre is holding two drop-in sessions. The first takes place today (Wednesday, October 8) from 2 to 5 p.m. and the second session will take place on Thursday, October 16 from 8.30 to 11.30 a.m.

Brechin Health Centre will be administering vaccinations by appointment only. Clinics will be held Monday to Friday and those who are eligible should make an appointment by telephoning 01356 624411.

Children aged between 2 to 11 years old in schools across Scotland are to be offered the flu vaccine as part of a new immunisation programme, which uses a nasal spray. The nasal spray involves a tiny amount of the vaccine being sprayed into each nostril, which is then quickly absorbed.

Children aged between two and five who are not at school can also receive the new childhood flu immunisation at their GP surgery. Please contact the practice to arrange appointments.

All NHS Tayside staff and volunteers are also encouraged to take up the offer of a flu jab at staff clinics and participating community pharmacies across Tayside to protect themselves and vulnerable patients who may be more likely to suffer complications from flu.

NHS Tayside Consultant in Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said: “Flu can be a serious illness, even in fit, healthy people. It makes people feel extremely unwell for many days and full recovery normally takes a week. Even fit and healthy people can develop more serious consequences and can require hospitalisation.

“For those in the at-risk groups, the complications of seasonal flu can be deadly. The best way to be protected is to get the jab – and the earlier the better – as this will stop flu from spreading to others who might be at risk.

“The vaccine is normally just one jab given by a health professional. It only takes a few moments and offers protection for around a year.”

For further information on the flu campaign, please visit www.immunisationscotland.org.uk