Flu is serious. Get protected this winter
NHS Tayside is encouraging members of the public in at-risk groups, as well as health and social care staff, to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.
The seasonal flu vaccination programme launches next week and NHS Tayside will be offering those who are most at risk the opportunity to protect themselves from flu.
- People aged 65 and over, adults with a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney diseases, unpaid carers, and those living with someone who was previously shielding should contact their GP to book an appointment. This year’s flu vaccinations will be delivered in a variety of settings, so your appointment may not take place in your own practice.
- Primary school pupils will be offered the flu vaccination at their school, while parents of children aged 2-5 who are not yet at school, and young people aged 12-18 with a long-term condition should contact 01307 475240 to book an appointment.
- Pregnant women can access immunisation through their midwife.
- All NHS Tayside staff and frontline social care workers are also strongly encouraged to take up the offer of a flu jab to protect themselves and vulnerable people who may be more likely to suffer complications from flu. Staff will be made aware of opportunities to get vaccinated in healthcare settings, care homes and at community pharmacies across Tayside.
NHS Tayside Associate Director for Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “With the significant likelihood of COVID-19 circulating alongside flu this winter, NHS Tayside is planning on vaccinating more people than ever before in order to protect our most vulnerable population and reduce the impact on our health and social care services.
“This year’s flu vaccinations will be delivered in a variety of settings including GP practices, hospitals, outpatient departments, schools and local authority venues, care homes and community pharmacies on an appointment basis.
“NHS staff will be wearing appropriate protective equipment and individuals attending for their flu jab will also be asked, where possible to wear a face covering to their appointment and should not attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
“Flu can be a very serious illness. It spreads easily and is much worse than a bad cold. The flu jab only takes a few moments and the earlier that people are vaccinated, the less likely flu is to spread. So don’t leave it too late – get ready for flu this winter.”
The following groups are eligible for the flu vaccine in the first phase beginning in October this year:
- All primary school children
- Children aged 2 to 5 (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
- Anyone aged 65 and over (by 31 March 2021)
- Anyone with an eligible health condition
- Pregnant women
- Healthcare workers
- Unpaid and young carers
- Those living in the same home as people previously shielding from coronavirus
- Social care workers who provide direct personal care