Pharmacy of­fers flu vac­ci­na­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen pharmacy and James Kelly MSP are call­ing on res­i­dents to pro­tect them­selves from flu this win­ter.

The Su­per­drug store in Ruther­glen Ex­change Shop­ping cen­tre is of­fer­ing a flu vac­ci­na­tion ser­vice in-store un­til March next year.

Re­search re­leased by Su­per­drug shows work­place ab­sences in to­tal cost UK em­ploy­ers £13 bil­lion a year, 90 per cent of which are at­trib­ut­able to flu and colds.

Lucinda Clark, Pharmacy Man­ager Su­per­drug Ruther­glen, said:“We are now pro­vid­ing a vac­ci­na­tion scheme that al­lows a larger pop­u­la­tion to ac­cess a flub jab.

“Lots of self-em­ployed peo­ple are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the scheme ahead of the cold com­ing in. Not ev­ery­one can ac­cess vac­ci­na­tion through the NHS so this lets as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble pro­tect them­selves for win­ter.”

James Kelly MSP said: “As the cold win­ter months come in, it is im­por­tant that peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang pro­tect them­selves, es­pe­cially older peo­ple.

“I’ve had a flu jab so I can keep rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­est of my con­stituents. I can’t af­ford to be tak­ing time off sick with the flu.

“But for many peo­ple the flu is more than an in­con­ve­nience of a few days off work or a lost week­end but a se­ri­ous threat to their well­be­ing.

s“I would en­cour­age all con­stituents to get a flu jab this win­ter, and wrap up warm dur­ing the cold months.”

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