Forfar and Kirriemuir patients offered a final ‘catch up’ flu vaccination clinic

People in Forfar and Kirriemuir who have not yet been vaccinated against flu in the 2019/20 flu season have another chance to protect themselves against flu at a catch up session on the 18th January from 8 am to 12 noon.

Patients in Forfar and Kirriemuir, who are over the age of 65, adults of all ages with long-term chronic health conditions, such as heart, lung, or kidney diseases, and also their carers are invited to attend this session at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre.

Clinics have been running at Whitehills since September with patients asked to attend sessions based on their surname and GP practice. This clinic will be the last opportunity this year for any eligible patients who couldn’t attend the previous sessions to drop in and get vaccinated.

Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Daniel Chandler said, “We arranged a large number of clinic dates up till now to ensure that all patients who wished to receive their vaccination were able to do so.  We hope that any eligible patients in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas, who have not yet been vaccinated, will be able to attend this additional final session to protect themselves against flu this winter.

“Patient feedback so far has been really positive and all feedback gathered throughout the clinics will be used to help develop the service for Forfar, Kirriemuir and Angus more widely this coming year.”

As part of the national Vaccination Transformation Programme, NHS Tayside has been running a pilot in North West Angus with patients who are registered with practices in the area being invited to attend vaccination clinics at Whitehills and Kirriemuir Health Centre.

The Vaccination Transformation Programme is a three-year programme which will see responsibility for the delivery of immunisations move from GPs to NHS Boards. NHS Tayside is leading the way in Scotland by introducing a test of these changes during this year’s flu season.