HEALTH centres in Shetland have made arrangements for those who want to take up the offer of a free seasonal flu jab.
The following groups of people are being advised to have the seasonal flu jab:
Everyone aged 65 or over
Children over the age of six months and adults with any of the following:
1. A serious heart or respiratory condition
2. Kidney or liver disease
4. Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment
5. Multiple sclerosis or other conditions of the nervous system or a stroke
6. Unpaid carers
7. People living in care homes
Pregnant women, and women who become pregnant between now and March 2012
NHS Shetland consultant in public health medicine, Dr Susan Laidlaw, said: “Each year there are slightly different strains of seasonal (winter) flu circulating in the community, this is why a new vaccine has to be given each year.”
Vaccinations will be available at:
Lerwick Health Centre patients (held at the Clickimin Leisure Centre)
Tuesday 18 October
Tuesday 1 November
(Pregnant women and children should make an appointment to attend the health centre)
Brae Health Centre patients:
Tuesday 25 October: 1:30pm – 4pm
Thursday 27 October: 1:30pm – 4pm
Thursday 3 November: 1:30pm – 4pm
Friday 4 November: 1:30pm – 4pm
Tuesday 15 November: 6pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday 22 November: 6pm – 7:30pm
Last chance session: Tuesday 29 November 1:30pm – 4pm
Scalloway Health Centre patients:
Saturday 8 October 9.30 – 11.00am
Wednesday 12 October 2.00 – 3.30pm
Saturday 15 October 9.30 – 11.00am
Wednesday 19 October 2.00 – 3.30pm
Wednesday 26 October 2.00 – 3.30pm
Patients registered with the GP practices in Bixter, Hillswick, Levenwick, Unst, Walls, Whalsay and Yell should contact their own practice, or look out for local publicity, to find out how to get their flu jab.
Further information on the national flu vaccination campaign ‘Don’t let the flu turn on you’ is available from the Immunisation Scotland website:
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