MSP Haughey calls for lo­cals to get the flu vac­ci­na­tion

‘Help­ing stop the spread of virus’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

SNP MSP Clare Haughey has en­cour­aged Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents to take up the of­fer of a free flu vac­ci­na­tion.

Last win­ter saw the high­est rates of flu-like ill­ness in Scot­land for seven years, with a dou­bling of cases com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year and a dom­i­nant flu strain that se­ri­ously af­fected older peo­ple.

The Scot­tish Government pro­vides free vac­ci­na­tions to all el­i­gi­ble adults and chil­dren, in­clud­ing all over-65s and pri­mary school chil­dren, and this year is pro­vid­ing a new vac­cine to of­fer ex­tra pro­tec­tion to over-75s.

Com­ment­ing, Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey said: “This year I am back­ing calls to en­sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble are pro­tected from flu ahead of win­ter hit­ting.

“The vac­cine is safe, ef­fec­tive, and re­mains the best pro­tec­tion against the flu virus.

“It is im­por­tant to stress that the flu vac­cine of­fered to those ages 65-74 this win­ter still pro­vides pro­tec­tion.

“Last win­ter was a par­tic­u­larly bad year for flu, with a rise in the num­ber of cases and hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions.

“Flu can be ex­tremely se­ri­ous for those who are vul­ner­a­ble, and is very in­fec­tious.

“We can best pro­tect the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang by en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one el­i­gi­ble to get vac­ci­nated early.

“Not only will you pro­tect your­self, but you’ll also be play­ing a part in help­ing stop the spread of the virus this win­ter.”

The Scot­tish Government has also pro­vided NHS boards with an ex­tra £10 mil­lion to sup­port win­ter re­silience plan­ning, and com­mis­sioned work to in­ves­ti­gate the link be­tween win­ter deaths and flu and to fur­ther ex­plore the po­ten­tial fac­tors be­hind the rise in mor­tal­ity.

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