THE NHS has begun its rollout of the flu vaccination for people in West Dunbartonshire, with letters inviting those eligible for an appointment starting to arrive at the start of October.

The vaccination programme will call people forward from oldest first, so people aged 90 years old and over can expect to start receiving their appointment letters from next week.

People who are aged 70 years and older and members of the public who were previously on the shielding list and are aged 16 years old and over, will receive a letter with their appointment details in the coming weeks.

For everyone else aged 50 and over, the national online booking portal will be available from November - along with a dedicated national helpline - 0800 030 8013.

This year’s flu vaccination programme is significantly larger than previous years and the majority of vaccines will be administered at community clinics to enable flu vaccines to be administrated swiftly and safely.

West Dunbartonshire has two community vaccination centres, at The Hub in Clydebank and Alexandria Community Centre and for those people who are also eligible for a Covid-19 booster, this will be administered at the same time as their flu jag.

The flu vaccine is safe and effective and gives the best protection against flu. It’s offered every year for free by the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses and although there’s still a small chance you might get flu after having the vaccine, it’s likely to be milder and not last as long.

Having the flu vaccine will also stop you from spreading the virus to others who may be more at risk of developing flu-related health complications.

If an individual believes they are eligible for a vaccination and have concerns about when they will receive their appointment, they should call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 or visit NHSInform for more information.