It’s time to get serious about flu

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

It can result in complications that can lead to hospitalisation.

Last winter, Scotland had its highest flu rates for seven years, a pattern seen across Europe and the United States, and it is likely that flu was a significant factor in many deaths, particularly among older people and those with long-term conditions.

The flu vaccination remains the best defence against flu and is offered free to those with health conditions, including asthma, diabetes and heart disease, people over the age of 65, pregnant women and children aged 2-11.

Urging those eligible to get a free flu vaccination, Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, said:

“I would encourage everyone to take up the flu vaccination. Flu's more than a bad cold and can make people very unwell. It's highly infectious with symptoms that come on quickly and can hit anyone.

“In the most serious cases, flu can bring on pneumonia, or other serious infections which can, in extreme cases, result in death.

“The flu vaccine is the best available protection against the flu virus. It’s very safe, only takes a few minutes and will last around a year.

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

 

So, how can you get your vaccine this year?

  • Children at primary schools will be offered the vaccination at school with consent forms sent home in advance.
  • Children ages two to five and not yet in school can get their vaccination from GP practices.
  • All eligible groups including those with health conditions, pregnant women and those aged 65 and over can get their vaccination from their GP practice.

For more information, go to www.readyforflu.scot