Why it’s worth getting the flu jab this winter

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People across Scotland are being urged to get the flu jab this winter, to reduce their risk of suffering from the potentially serious complications of the virus.

Catching flu doesn’t just mean a couple of days in bed – it is a serious illness. If you’re pregnant, over 65 years of age or have an existing long-term health condition such as diabetes, asthma or other heart and lung conditions, it can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis. In extreme cases it could result in hospitalisation or even death.

But you can protect yourself and your loved ones from flu this winter. The flu vaccine is free and available from your GP or health centre. To be protected, get your jab early before flu viruses are circulating.

The flu jab is being offered to: Everyone aged 65 and over; pregnant women; those in long-stay residential care homes; unpaid carers and young carers; and those with chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes and immunosuppression.

Local health professionals are urging everyone in ‘at risk’ groups, to come forward and receive their annual flu jab as soon as possible.