It’s vi­tal to get flu jab say GPs

Strathearn Herald - - HERALD VIEWS -

Doc­tors at Crieff Med­i­cal Cen­tre are urg­ing their pa­tients aged 65 years and over and those in“at risk”groups to at­tend forth­com­ing clin­ics of­fer­ing flu vac­ci­na­tions.

The Red Prac­tice is hold­ing its flu clin­ics on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25, from 8.30am to 10.30am and Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 8, from 2pm to 4pm. Clin­ics for Blue Prac­tice pa­tients will take place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7, and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28, from 9am to noon. No ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary for ei­ther prac­tice.

Dr Ewing of The Red Prac­tice said:“We don’t mean to nag but have a flu jag. Hav­ing a flu vac­cine not only pro­tects your­self it also helps the NHS by cut­ting hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions.”

The clin­i­cal at-risk groups for In­fluenza are de­scribed as those who suf­fer from chronic res­pi­ra­tory disease in­clud­ing asthma; chronic heart, kid­ney, liver or neu­ro­log­i­cal disease; those with di­a­betes mel­li­tus; peo­ple who are im­muno­sup­pressed and those mor­bidly obese.

The vac­cine is avail­able free of charge to those in at-risk groups, preg­nant women, those aged 65 years and over and un­paid car­ers. Chil­dren aged be­tween two and five who are not at school can also re­ceive the new child­hood flu im­mu­ni­sa­tion at their GP surgery and the prac­tice should be con­tacted to ar­range ap­point­ments.

All NHS Tay­side staff and vol­un­teers are en­cour­aged to take up the of­fer of a flu jab as well to pro­tect them­selves and vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients who may be more likely to suf­fer com­pli­ca­tions from flu

The na­tional sea­sonal flu vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign launches in Oc­to­ber and NHS Tay­side is back­ing the call for those who are most at risk to pro­tect them­selves from flu.

NHS Tay­side Con­sul­tant in Pub­lic Health Dr Daniel Chan­dler said:“Even fit and healthy peo­ple can de­velop more se­ri­ous con­se­quences from flu.”

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