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Flu Vaccination for Carers

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Seasonal influenza is an acute, viral illness that spreads easily from person to person. It is a severe threat to the public affecting people of any age with those in higher risk groups at least 18 times more likely to experience severe illness and even death. Thousands of people in Scotland are hospitalised every year as a result of flu.

Symptoms of flu include sudden onset of fever, cough, headache, sore throat, muscle and joint pains and a runny nose. Individuals with symptoms of flu and even those who are incubating the infection but do not yet have symptoms can still pass influenza on to their families, friends, patients and colleagues.

The best way to minimise the risk of catching flu is to be vaccinated. The seasonal flu immunisation programme will begin on the 1st October. Those eligible for flu vaccination are preschool children aged 2-5 years, all primary school aged children, all pregnant women and everyone aged 65 years older. Also eligible are those who are under 65 years with underlying medical conditions involving the liver, heart, nervous system, kidney, spleen, respiratory system or their immunity are also strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Furthermore, and importantly, people identified as unpaid carers looking after family members are eligible for FREE vaccination.

 Some Facts  - Flu vaccine can NOT give you or the people around you flu

  • The vaccine takes up to 10 days to be fully effective
  • The vaccine can help protected a new born baby for up to 3 months if women have it during pregnancy

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