Annual flu campaign under way

Ampule and syringe
Ampule and syringe

Local people at risk from flu are being encouraged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination, as NHS Tayside’s annual campaign gets under way.

The health authority is urging all at-risk groupsk, and healthcare workers, to protect themselves from the virus.

Flu vaccine is available free of charge from GP practices for pregnant women, those aged 65 years and over and unpaid carers.

Drop-in clinics are being held at the Academy Medical Centre in Forfar on Monday, October 13 from 7.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 25 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. while appointment only sessions are taking place in other practices across Angus.

In Forfar, Lour Road Practice’s session will also be held on Saturday, October 25 between 9 a.m. and noon while that at Ravenswood Surgery will run from 8.30 a.m. until noon the same day.

Children aged between two and five who are not at school can also receive the new childhood flu immunisation at their GP surgery. Please contact the practice to arrange appointments.

All NHS Tayside staff and volunteers are also encouraged to take up the offer of a flu jab at staff clinics and participating community pharmacies across Tayside to protect themselves and vulnerable patients who may be more likely to suffer complications from flu.

Dr Daniel Chandler, NHS Tayside consultant in public health, said: “Flu can be a serious illness, even in fit, healthy people. It makes people feel extremely unwell for many days and full recovery normally takes a week. Even fit and healthy people can develop more serious consequences and can require hospitalisation.

“For those in the at-risk groups, the complications of seasonal flu can be deadly. The best way to be protected is to get the jab – and the earlier the better – as this will stop flu from spreading to others who might be at risk.”