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Scotland's Doctors Urge Patients To Get Their Flu Jabs

September 19, 2017

Scotland’s doctors have urged patients who are eligible for the winter flu vaccination, but have not yet received it, to contact their GP practice. This comes as figures show that uptake rates for November are lower than ever before with only around half (53.7%) of Scots aged 65 or over receiving their vaccination. Just over a quarter of patients in the ‘at risk’ groups had taken up the offer of a free flu vaccine.

The vaccine programme began in October and GPs will continue to offer flu jabs throughout the winter months for those people at risk from the flu bug as part of the Scottish Executive’s winter programme.

By having the vaccination, patients aged over 65 and those ‘at risk’ can protect themselves can protect themselves from the effects of flu, and in doing so, reduce winter pressure on Scotland’s busy hospitals. Those ‘at risk’ include people with a chronic heart or chest complaint such as asthma or diabetes.

Dr Dean Marshall, chairman of the BMA’s Scottish General Practitioners Committee, said:

“There has been a great deal of media coverage on the shortage of flu vaccines in Scotland in recent months, but most GP practices should now have a good idea when they will have enough vaccine available to immunise their elderly and at risk patients.

“It is important for these groups of patients to protect themselves from flu and I would urge them to contact their GP practice to make an appointment to have their vaccination.”

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Source:
BMA News, the membership magazine of the British Medical Association