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01/Feb/2013

Plea to get the jab as flu cases rise


Less than half of eligible Fifers come forward for vaccine

Just under half of all Fifers (48.2 per cent) under 65 who are eligible for the flu vaccine are yet to come forward for the jab.

And that figure comes as it is revealved that GP consultantions for flu-like illness increased during December and January.

Health professionals across the country are reming people who are 'at risk' to get their annual flu jab as soon as possible while the virus is still circulating.

People that are eligible for the free flu jab are: those aged 65 and over, under 65s with existing long-term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and other heart, lung and liver disease, pregnant women and unpaid carers of any age. Health and social care staff who deal directly with patients or clients are also recommended to receive the flu vaccine.

The Scottish Government's flu campaign aims to hilight that flu is a serious illness and inform Scots that vaccination is the most effective protection from the virus. People who are 'at risk' can be hit harder with flu and can suffer more complications.

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Source: Fife Herald, Friday, Feburary 1, 2013.



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Leuchars is located on the east coast of Scotland in Fife, near St Andrews.

St Andrews University is just 6 miles from Leuchars.

Leuchars has good bus and rail links. The railway car park has recently been upgraded and accommodates more parking spaces. A covered walkway is also in situ. There are busses every 15 minutes to Dundee and St Andrews.

A ten-minute drive leads to Tentsmuir Forest and Kinshaldy Beach beyond. Enjoy miles of clean, sandy beaches.

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