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By Fiona Reid
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Flu jabs make good progress

QUICK progress is being made with the roll-out of this year’s flu vaccination programme in the region.

Younger and older people are now getting their jabs.

Health officials say all pre-school children in Dumfries and Galloway have been appointed for their flu vaccinations, while scheduled vaccinations against flu in secondary schools are now completed.

And last Monday saw the start of a speedy roll-out to residents of care homes along with their booster jag against Covid-19.

Immunisation co-ordinator Dr Nigel Calvert said: “We’ve got an early start in our flu vaccination campaign this year, being rolled out at a time when we’re not yet seeing cases of flu within the country.

“It is possible that we will see a higher rate of flu this year, along with other respiratory illnesses, compounded by the fact that people have not been exposed to these due to protective measures against the coronavirus.

“We’d therefore encourage everyone eligible to take up their chance of a flu jag this year.”

The flu and covid boosters for the housebound began on September 20 and will continue on into December. District nurses have a complete list of those set to receive their vaccinations at home, and the programme is proceeding on target.

Initial vaccination lists of people with weakened immune systems have been completed.

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