Call for Moray at-risk health groups to ensure they are vaccinated

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MORAY AT-RISK GROUPS should take immediate action to ensure that they have been correctly immunised against the threat of Flu.

That is the view being taken by regional MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston who is encouraging constituents who are entitled to the free flu vaccinations not to risk missing the opportunity.

The free jabs are available to people with certain health conditions including diabetes, older people over the age of 65, pregnant women and people who work in healthcare professions.

An in-school vaccination programme has also been made available for primary school children. This year’s vaccination programme began in October, but NHS will continue to provide free injections until the end of March, with reports already indicating that uptake this year has been disappointingly lower than previous years.

Mr Halcro Johnston said: “This flu season there are particular worries about the prevalence of new strains of the virus and increases in the number of cases reported. It is more important than ever for people to take advantage of the free flu jabs offered through the NHS.

“Flu can be very serious, particularly for older people or those with underlying conditions. The vaccination is the best defence available and is being offered at local GP surgeries and pharmacies.

“Further information on the programmes is available through the NHS website.”