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NHS Tayside to Start Flu Vaccinations in October

Scots urged to get flu jab as winter infections expected to be worse than usual.

Coming into this year’s winter season, NHS Tayside is joining the rest of Scotland in a nationwide flu vaccination programme.

They’re expecting that giving people the flu vaccine now will help alleviate the pressure the NHS as cases rise heading into the colder time of year.

A spokesperson for NHS Tayside explained: “This year due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, we have again had to make considerable changes to our flu vaccination campaign, taking into account everyone’s safety and appropriate distancing. With that in mind, we are planning to hold a series of clinics during October in the Atholl Medical Centre which will be by appointment only.”

NHS Tayside is planning on offering these vaccinations at the Atholl Medical Centre on Saturday October 2, Wednesday October 6 and Monday October 11 by appointment.

A spokesperson for NHS Tayside added: “All patients over 70 years of age will be eligible to have their flu vaccination here at the practice. Also included will be those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and had a letter telling them to shield during lockdown.
Please DO NOT request/book an appointment at the practice if you are not in either of the above categories.

“All other patients who are eligible for a flu vaccine and not in the above categories will be contacted outwith the practice and will receive their vaccination appointment by letter. These appointments will be held centrally at clinics across Tayside, much like a majority of the Covid vaccines have been.”

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Flu can be extremely serious and is very infectious. With COVID-19 still circulating in the community we can best protect the people of Scotland by encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated against flu too. 

“That’s why this flu season, we are extending the vaccination programme and offering the flu vaccine to around four million people in Scotland. This will help to protect those most at risk as well as ease pressure on our National Health Service and social care services. The vaccines are safe and the best way to help protect you, and others, from flu this winter.”

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