Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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People who are at greater risk from the effects of flu are being urged to prioritise getting their flu vaccine.

The vaccine is still available, and those eligible in the NHS Highland area who still have not received it are being advised not to delay making an appointment with their GP to ensure they are protected.

The flu vaccine, available free to those with health conditions, those over 65 and pregnant women, remains the best defence against the virus.

Figures show that, on average, 1,918 people have been hospitalised for flu or its complications each year in Scotland.

This winter, the Scottish Government has bought more of the vaccine than last year in response to higher demand.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: “We want everyone in Scotland who is at greater risk from the dangers of flu to be protected.

“With winter here and cold weather setting in, NHS advice is to prioritise the flu vaccine, to avoid developing complications that can lead to hospitalisation.

“Our message today is that it’s not too late to get vaccinated against flu. The vaccine is still being offered at GP practices, is safe, and provides protection for up to a year.”

For further information visit readyforflu.scot or phone NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.

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