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More people than ever will be offered the free flu vaccine this winter to help protect as many lives as possible.
Flu can be serious, even for healthy people, so this year with Covid-19 still circulating, it is more important than ever to get the flu vaccine to protect yourself, others and to help the NHS avoid the pressure a spike in seasonal flu could bring.
Many people on Arran will already have received their flu vaccine at recent mass vaccination clinics delivering winter vaccines to island residents, the latest last weekend. However, if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine and are yet to have it, you can still get one through a participating community pharmacy, either on the island, or if it is more convenient on the mainland.
For eligible residents of Arran, this means you can attend Arran Pharmacy in Brodick, telephone 01770 302250, to be vaccinated against seasonal flu. Please contact your local pharmacy to find out specific arrangements. For more information on other participating pharmacies, visit www.nhsaaa.net/flu
Ruth Betley, senior manager Arran Services for North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: ‘Our mass vaccination clinics on the island have been a great success and most eligible people have now received both their Covid-19 booster and their seasonal flu vaccine.
‘If you live on the island and you are in an eligible group to have a seasonal flu vaccination but have not yet had one, I’d urge you to contact Arran Pharmacy to make arrangements to get your vaccine before winter sets in. Flu can be serious, even for healthy people.’
Meanwhile, latest figures show there remain around 10 positive Covid-19 cases on Arran.