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Seasonal flu vaccine available at Health Centres from Monday

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Seasonal flu vaccineStarting tomorrow the seasonal influenza vaccine will be available from Health Centres.

The Government has said that influenza is usually more common during the colder months but this is the ideal time to get vaccinated in order to help the body build up immunity against the influenza virus.

The seasonal flu vaccine helps to prevent this severe illness which can bring about medical complications leading to increased hospital admissions.

It is available free of charge to, all persons aged 55 years and over; and children between 6 months and 59 months of age.

It is also free of charge to persons of any age suffering from chronic diseases of the lungs, heart, liver, kidney; diabetes mellitus; and any immunodeficiency conditions, including HIV and AIDS. In these cases, the Schedule V Control Card or a recent medical certificate stating the person’s medical condition should be presented.

Priority will be given to the above persons for the first week or two, then the influenza vaccine will be available free of charge for all persons over the age of 6 months until stocks last, the Government said.

In Gozo, the vaccine is available from the Health Centre in Victoria, Monday-Saturday from 10am till midday and again from 2pm to 6pm, as well as by arrangement at Local Councils.

All persons are to present their I.D. card in order to receive the vaccine.

Parents bringing young children for vaccination should produce the Baby’s Book or Vaccination Record.

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