Patrick Grady MP attended Westminster Flu Day, a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, to encourage his constituents to get this season’s flu vaccine in line with Government recommendations.
Parliamentarians who would not be eligible for a free seasonal flu vaccine on the NHS made a £10 donation to the Carers Trust. £10 is equivalent to the cost of a private vaccination.
52% of at-risk people and 25% of people over the age of 65 in Scotland were not vaccinated against flu last year, even though the consequences of not having a flu vaccine can be serious.
People in a risk group, such as pregnant women, people who are immunosuppressed and people with an underlying health condition such as liver disease and heart disease, are at significantly increased risk of dying as a result of flu. Flu is the most frequent cause of death in pregnancy and very occasionally a child may die from flu.
Patrick Grady MP said “The best way to help protect yourself against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. I would urge everyone who is entitled to a free flu vaccine to go and visit their GP or pharmacist.”
The Scottish Government advises that anyone who suffers from a health condition, who is pregnant, who is 65 or over or those who work in healthcare, should get the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is also offered to all children in Scotland aged 2–5 years (and not yet in school) at their GP practice (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2016 to be eligible). It is also offered to all primary school children at school. Unpaid carers of any age, including young carers, are also eligible for the flu vaccine.
You can see find information on who should get the flu vaccine here.
Westminster Flu Day is an established event in the Parliamentary calendar. It is sponsored by the ABPI Vaccine Group in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing and Carers Trust.