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Flu cases highest for three years: Don’t take the risk

Main image 12 January, 2015

With flu circulating at its highest level for three years, there is no better time than the present to visit YourGP in Edinburgh for your flu vaccine.

In Scotland, the number of patients being treated in intensive care after catching flu has trebled in a week, while a ward at Dumfries Royal Infirmary was closed last week after 11 patients and two members of staff were diagnosed with the illness.

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious respiratory illness that spreads rapidly through the population, passed on via coughs and sneezes.

And as part of our commitment to convenient, high-quality care, YourGP is always one of the first medical practices in Edinburgh where your seasonal flu jab is available.

Childhood flu vaccinations

Our annual flu vaccination clinics in Edinburgh are open seven days a week until the end of February – and the vaccine, a single injection, is available to adults and children from six months old.

It is vital that your child has all of their necessary routine childhood vaccinations, including flu – but last year, the chief medical officer for England warned that too few toddlers are having the seasonal flu vaccine.

At YourGP, a flu vaccine will be as stress-free and untraumatic as possible – for you and your child.

Our childcare team, led by specialist children’s doctor, Jo McCrone, are highly skilled at keeping children calm and relaxed. Of course, we’re also well practised at calming the nerves of anxious parents too.

Flu vaccinations for companies in Edinburgh

As well as offering flu vaccines to the general public, we also provide vaccination programmes for companies of all sizes across Edinburgh and the east of Scotland.

With flu being a major cause of absenteeism during the winter months, and with workplace absence due to sickness costing an average of £595 per employee per year, getting staff vaccinated is definitely worthwhile.

We are able to adapt to your employees’ busy schedules, and we can even attend your company premises.

Discounts are also available for group vaccinations, dependant on the numbers.

For more information or to arrange flu vaccinations for you or your staff, email reception@your.gp, call 0131 225 5656 or use our booking form.

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