Fifers reminded flu jabs more important than ever due to pandemic

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Fifers are being reminded that it is more important than ever to get vaccinated against flu due to the ongoing pandemic.

People with underlying health conditions and those aged 65 and over, are amongst the most vulnerable to the effects of flu and are offered a free flu jab.

This year for the first time those living in the same household as a person shielding during the initial response to Covid-19 are also entitled to flu vaccination.

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Dr Esther Curnock, NHS Fife deputy director of Public Health, said: “Flu is often a very serious virus and with the ongoing risk of Covid-19, it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated against flu.

“It is vital that those who are eligible accept their invitation to be immunised and get protected ahead of peak flu season. The flu jab remains the safest and most effective way to help protect against flu and its complications and getting vaccinated takes only a few minutes.

“The vaccine takes around 10 days to work, so the sooner you get it the sooner you are protected against the virus and its effects.”

A number of changes have been made to the delivery of flu vaccination this year. Rather than attend their local GP practice to get the flu jab, those eligible should have received a letter asking them to make an appointment to attend one of the many vaccination clinics taking place across Fife.

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The new vaccination clinics are being held at community venues across the Kingdom and strict infection prevention and control measures are in place to protect those attending along with the healthcare staff running the clinics.

The following groups are eligible for a free flu vaccination: aged 65 and over; or have an eligible health condition; or you are an unpaid / young carer; or you live in the same household as people previously shielding.

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Appointments can be booked by calling: 01383 674111, or alternatively vaccination can be arranged by email at: [email protected]

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