Flu vaccinations available at West Dunbartonshire pharmacies
By Bill Heaney
Anyone eligible for a Flu vaccination, who may have missed their appointment allocated at their local health board designated centre for this – in Dumbarton, it was the Concord for me on Sunday – is reminded that appointments and drop-ins are also available at select pharmacies.
Anyone aged over 50 years, or aged 18-49 years with an underlying condition, can have their flu vaccine administered at participating pharmacies which can be found here: participation-list-070923-webpage.xlsx (live.com)
In addition, anyone in the following groups can also attend one of the listed local community pharmacies for their flu vaccination.
- NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde frontline staff
- Care home staff or provide care at home
- Teacher or member of school support staff
- Prison staff member
Dr Emilia Crighton, left, Director of Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Vaccination is required every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. Scotland is the only nation offering a free flu vaccine to all those aged 50-64 this winter and the vaccines offered will give you the best possible protection against the viruses likely to be circulating this winter.”
Adults aged 16-18yrs who remain in secondary education will not be vaccinated in community pharmacy. This cohort will be picked up by the School Health Service. If they may have missed their school appointment, there is still an opportunity to receive this as flu season runs through to the end of March 2024.
Flu vaccines are available to purchase privately for those who are not eligible under the national programme and many employers offer vaccination.
More information is available on Winter vaccines | NHS inform including a self-help guide that helps citizens to find out about the vaccines you may be eligible for, and how you’ll be offered them.