Protect yourself against the flu

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Winter is upon us. The nights are drawing in and the weather is growing increasingly damp and cold.

Have you prepared yourself for the winter?

The Scottish Government has launched its seasonal flu vaccination programme where the elderly and vulnerable can receive an injection against the flu.

Flu is much more than a bad cold. It can make healthy people feel unwell for a week or more.

In the most serious of cases, flu can bring on pneumonia or other serious infections.

Flu is often spread through the air by coughs and sneezes, or through contact with contaminated surfaces.

The vaccine, which doesn’t contain any live viruses and cannot give you the flu, is available to anyone who suffers from heart or lung problems, who has certain other medical conditions, or is 65 or over.

The flu vaccine can also be given to children if they suffer from any of the recognised conditions. Unpaid carers of any age and young carers are also eligible.

The vaccine takes around 10 days to work and should protect you against flu for around a year.

As the virus changes constantly, last year’s vaccine will not protect you this year.

To get a flu jag, contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment.

For more details, go to www.immunisationscotland.org.uk