Falkirk MP warns about the dangers of flu

John McNally receives his flulb jab at a pharmacy in Larbert
John McNally receives his flulb jab at a pharmacy in Larbert

With the colder months approaching fast, health services are warning people about the dangers of the flu.

A pharmacy in Larbert invited MP John McNally to receive his flu jab in an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of the virus.

Stuart Geddes, who administered the vaccine to the Falkirk MP, said: “Some people think of flu as just a bad cold, but it is different. It can be much more serious and in some cases may even lead to death.

“It is estimated that between 18,500 and 24,800 people in the UK die from flu annually.”

After receiving his inoculation, Mr McNally stressed the importance of going and getting your flu jab.

He said: “Now that the weather is turning more wintery, it is important that people of all ages get a flu jab.

“If you can’t manage along to your GP you can get it at participating pharmacies like the one in Larbert. I urge everyone to take advantage of this community initiative and pop along to their local pharmacy to get the flu jab.”

NHS Forth Valley has also been trying to get more people safe from the flu, with many being eligible for a free jab.

A spokesman said: “GPs are offering free flu vaccines to everyone currently over 65.

“Vaccines are also free for anyone who has a chronic illness such as heart disease, asthma, chronic renal and liver disease and those with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.”

Pregnant women and children aged between two and 11 are also able to receive their jab for free, with youngsters offered a nasal spray instead of a needle.

Larbert pharmacy manager, Mr Geddes said vaccination is the best way to avoid catching the flu and his pharmacy offers help.

He added: “We charge £12 for a single vaccination, which is the best way to beat the horrible flu.”