Are you el­i­gi­ble for flu vac­cine?

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Chil­dren and adults el­i­gi­ble for the flu vac­cine in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing urged to make sure they get it.

For the first time, all par­ents of pre-school chil­dren in South La­nark­shire will be con­tacted and en­cour­aged to make an ap­point­ment with their GP to get their child vac­ci­nated in a bid to in­crease over­all vac­cine up­take.

The free vac­ci­na­tion will be of­fered to peo­ple with un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions, those who are preg­nant or are older than 65, as flu can lead to se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions which may need hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

Chil­dren aged be­tween 2-11 years old will be of­fered the nasal spray vac­ci­na­tion, fol­low­ing the ex­ten­sion of the flu vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme in 2014.

As part of a na­tional aware­ness cam­paign, healthcare work­ers across La­nark­shire will also be urged to get the vac­cine to help pro­tect them­selves, their fam­i­lies and pa­tients who are po­ten­tially vul­ner­a­ble.

To find out more about the flu im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­gramme visit www. im­mu­ni­sa­tion­scot­ uk/flu or call NHS in­form on 0800 22 44 88.

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