Island residents eligible for the flu vaccine are being encouraged to make an appointment with Bute Practice to receive the seasonal jab.
The annual flu vaccine protects people over 65, those who have health conditions, pregnant women, and those who work in healthcare, against the strains of flu virus that are likely to be circulating each winter flu season.
Over the last ten years the flu vaccine has generally been a good match for the circulating strains of flu, so you can be confident being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against a virus which can cause serious illness. Even when it is not as well matched, if you do develop flu, symptoms may be less severe and you may be less likely to develop complications requiring you to see your GP or being admitted to hospital.
In Scotland the flu season usually begins as the weather gets colder, so get the vaccine as soon as you can. It is available from October through to the end of March, but remember, during the flu season it’s never too soon to get immunised.
Among those who are eligible for the vaccination are:
- people over 65
- those with a health condition, pregnant women, and those who work in health car
Health conditions include:
- cystic fibrosis
- chronic heart disease
- chronic kidney failure
- multiple sclerosis
- liver problems (such as cirrhosis/hepatitis)
- asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- being very overweight
- HIV infection
Anyone undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment should also get immunised, and unpaid carers of any age, including young carers, are also eligible for the flu vaccine.
Children of primary school age will be vaccinated at their school, and children aged 2-4 will be invited by Bute Practice when the nasal vaccine is available.
To make your appointment call the health centre on (01700) 501524 or (01700) 501532.