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Flu Clinics 2019

Unpaid carers are one of the target groups for the flu vaccination

The reason for this, is that many people who rely on an unpaid carer would not be able to cope if their carer caught the flu and was too ill to look after them. There is also the risk that if the carer is not vaccinated then they could risk passing the virus on to the person that they care for, which could lead to them becoming seriously ill.

Last year nearly 300 people in Shetland were identified as being eligible for the flu vaccine specifically because they were carers and just over half received the vaccine. As a carer you should be invited to attend a clinic for the flu vaccination. If you have not received an invite then this maybe because you are not recognised as a carer by your GP practice notes, you are welcome to contact your practice and ask about having the vaccine. It would also be useful to ensure that your notes are updated so that in the future you will be flagged as a carer and are called automatically.

Shetland has always had the one of the highest uptake of flu vaccination amongst unpaid carers amongst the Scottish Health Boards. From looking at the figures, our NHS service also tends to have all the carers who are going to have the vaccine, vaccinated earlier in the season than a lot of the other Boards. Here at Shetland Carers we would like to ensure that this continues to be the case so if you are an unpaid carer please make sure you consider having the flu vaccination.

VAS Carers Centre will combine some outreach sessions with the scheduled flu clinics to provide an opportunity for you to find out about support to help you in your caring role while you are at your local health centre.

2019 Flu Clinic Dates for Individual Health Centres are as follows : -


Monday 4th Nov, 2pm to 5.30pm, Brae Hall - VAS Carers Centre Outreach

Monday 18th Nov, 2pm to 5.30pm, Brae Hall

Monday 2nd Dec, 2pm to 5.30pm, Brae Hall


Thursday 10th October, all day

Wednesday 30th October, afternoon - VAS Carers Centre Outreach



Tuesday 5th November 9.00 am – 3:45pm, Clickimin Centre - VAS Carers Centre Outreach

Tuesday 26th November 9.00 am – 3:45pm, Clickimin Centre - VAS Carers Centre Outreach


Monday 14th October – all day

Thursday 17th October – all day

Monday 21st October – all day

Thursday 24th October – all day

We will have 1 practice nurse on duty each day offering scheduled appointments.


Wednesday 9th October, 3pm - 7pm

Wednesday 6th November, 3pm - 7pm - VAS Carers Centre Outreach

UNST - dates to be advised


Wednesday 9th Oct, 2 – 4.30pm

Tuesday 15th Oct, 2 – 4.30pm


Same format as previous years, attend by appointment with clinics set for 29th , 30th October, 1st, 4th , 6th 8th November so far.


Tuesday 15th October 1400-1600, Mid Yell Public Hall

Friday 18th October 1000-1200, Burravoe Public Hall

Tuesday 22nd October 1400-1600, Cullivoe Public Hall

Thursday 7th November 1400-1600, Mid Yell Public Hall, - VAS Carers Centre Outreach

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