When it comes to flu, it’s better to be safe than sorry, the Scottish Government is warning.
With the winter nights now definitely upon us here in the North-east, the anticipation of sniffles, sneezes and chills can send us right back under the covers.
Catching flu is more than just a bad cold - it’s a serious illness that can hit you hard and fast.
And if you have an existing health condition such as heart, lung, liver or kidney problems, or a long-term illness such as diabetes, then flu can hit you even harder and with more severe effect.
That’s the case even if you’re young, or feel fit and healthy at the moment.
With that in mind the Scottish Government is warning people not to leave it till the last minute to tackle the flu.
A spokesperson said: “The last thing you’ll want to face this winter are the consequences of flu.
“It can impact on your work, your family and your health so why take the risk?
“Even though it’s November, it’s not too late to get your free flu vaccine to protect you this winter and avoid unnecessary worry for you and those close to you.”
If you have a health condition, if you’re pregnant, if you’re over 65 or if you’re a carer, make an appointment with your GP surgery today to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
You can visit www.immunisationscotland.org.uk for more information on the seasonal flu campaign or to find out if you’re eligible for the vaccination.