FLU VACCINATION CLINICS UP AND RUNNING

The annual Influenza Vaccination Programme at St Mary’s Health Centre will consist of drop-in clinics (for Adults on St Mary’s) on Saturday 1st October from 10am to 1pm, and Wednesday 5th October from 4pm to 6pm.

Off-island vaccinations need to be pre-booked and will run alongside regular GP clinics on Bryher today, St Martin’s on Wednesday and St Agnes next Thursday. Tresco has already been served.

Everyone over 65 years of age, pregnant ladies and those with long-term health conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Heart, Liver or Kidney Disease are usually advised to have a ‘flu vaccination.

 

It is a good idea for people who care for other people should also consider having the vaccine. The more people who have the vaccination the greater the community is protected although we are only able to vaccinate those carers who are formally registered.

 

Children needing the ‘flu nasal spray vaccine will be contacted by the Health Centre in due course; this year all 2 -7 year olds are included in the programme (up to and including school year 3).

Lead GP John Garman said: "The Isles of Scilly has one the highest rates for flu vaccine uptake in the country which means we are more able to protect vulnerable people in the community and stop the spread of the virus."

Any patients not sure of their eligibility or are unable to attend on these dates should contact the Health Centre on 01720 422628.

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