People in Bearsden and Milngavie urged to get flu jabs

VULNERABLE people in the Milngavie and Bearsden area are being urged to get their flu jab as soon as possible.

Throughout the Greater Glasgow area more than 125,000 people are eligible for the injection.

Figures reveal that over 42 per cent of people ‘at risk’ from flu didn’t take up the vaccine last year.

The Scottish Government’s flu campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of getting an early flu jab.

People that are eligible for the free flu jab are: those aged 65 and over, under 65s with existing long-term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and other heart, lung and liver diseases, pregnant women and unpaid carers of any age. Health and social care staff who deal directly with patients or clients are also recommended to receive the flu vaccine.

Flu is a serious illness and the vaccination is the most effective protection from the virus. People who are ‘at-risk’ can be hit harder with flu and can suffer more complications.