Win­ter flu vac­cine cam­paign

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

The NHS is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get their flu vac­cine as early as pos­si­ble this year.

The scheme is be­ing ad­min­is­tered by GP prac­tices un­til the end of March as part of a pro­gramme which will see more than two mil­lion peo­ple across Scot­land of­fered the vac­ci­na­tion this win­ter.

Over the last five years around 500 deaths at­trib­ut­able or re­lated to flu have oc­curred each win­ter.

Con­sul­tant in public health medicine for NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway, Dr Nigel Calvert, said: “If you have a health con­di­tion it’s so im­por­tant that you re­ceive the vac­cine as you may be at higher risk of com­pli­ca­tions from flu.

“Any­one who is el­i­gi­ble should make an ap­point­ment with their GP prac­tice to get their vac­cine as soon as pos­si­ble. It doesn’t take long and you may be pleased that you took the time to get pro­tected.”

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