It seems to be particularly a Scottish problem concerning multiple sclerosis(MS). In the south of England there were 140 reported cases per 100,000 in 2010 whereas in Orkney there were 402. One theory is our latitude. The further north you live the less UVB light is available to make vitamin D on your skin. Another interesting statistic is that the highest prevalence of MS in Scotland is in people born in April and May whereas in Australia there are more MS sufferers with birthdays in December and January.
It is thought this is because less vitamin D is produced by the mother in the winter months with a reduction in availability for the growing baby. This again points to the link with sunshine and vitamin D during the pregnancy. Lots of research shows if you have a genetic disposition to MS then lack of vitamin D is definitely a factor. That is why I recommend taking vitamin D supplements for most people and particularly MS families. If you are interested in hearing more about vitamin D and how it relates to lots of diseases then come along to the Edinburgh Science Festival ‘In need of sunshine’ slot Tuesday March 28th at 5.30pm
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FLU VACCINATION INFORMATION
This year GGHB is running the flu vaccination service.
If you are over 65, then please wait for your letter from the NHS. That will give you the date, time and venue . (Younger patients e.g. 65 year olds are being vaccinatedfirst) It’s also important to point out that the over 65 vaccine is different from the one given to the under 65’s and also different from the one that may be available on a private basis. The under 65’s at risk e.g. asthmatics those with diabetes etc willeither be done at their GP practice or again at a hub.
If you are under 65 and a carer please contact the pharmacy on 0141 633 3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org where you can book in for a vaccine. Unfortunately our private service is at capacity just now and we have a waiting list