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By Amanda Kennedy
Annan and Eskdale
Get your jab

PROTECT yourself, protect your community’ is the message being promoted to everyone eligible to receive a free flu vaccine this year.

 

Health staff in Dumfries and Galloway have been taking up the offer of vaccinations in large numbers. And members of the public are being asked to do their part to help ensure the best possible level of protection.

Graham Abrines, above, of Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership, is seen receiving his flu vaccination in a new video promoting the vaccination campaign, and he said: “It’s crucial that as many people as possible take up the chance to be vaccinated against the flu this year. Last year we saw just how much of a challenge our services faced because of the number of people affected by the flu. “Dumfries and Galloway has a very large and growing older population, and many of the people within these age groups have chronic, underlying health conditions which make them particularly vulnerable. “The flu not only puts them at risk but also stretches our services, with a knock-one impact for treatment and care across a range of areas.”

In the video Mr Abrines is seen speaking to specialist practitioner in occupational health Bev Farish before receiving his vaccination.

To find out more about flu vaccinations, and how to obtain your free vaccination, visit www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/immunisation/vaccines/flu-vaccine To view the video of Graham Abrines receiving his flu vaccination, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNAibp8ZG8o

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