At Risk Islanders Urged To Get Annual Flu Jab

St Mary's Health Centre

St Mary’s Health Centre

The NHS in Scilly and Cornwall wants islanders most at risk of flu to see health professionals for their annual jab.

That includes people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and locals with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes.

This year, the regional health service is focusing on under-65s in the ‘at risk’ groups who have not bothered to get their vaccination.

Two and three-year-olds are now being offered protection for the first time, through a nasal spray.

And the regional team want to dispel a myth that the flu jab gives you the flu. They say that it does not contain any of the ‘live’ virus.

Scilly’s Health Centre team is taking the campaign to St Martin’s today. GPs have also inoculated locals at clinics on Tresco and Bryher, and at Park House.

They are visiting St Agnes next week.

Lead GP John Garman says they’ve had a number of requests for flu jabs from people outside of the target groups, and, as usual, once they have vaccinated those who are most at risk, they will be offering any spare vaccinations to people who would like one.