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Flu vaccine plea

A FRESH call has been by NHS Shetland for more islanders to take up the offer of a free flu vaccine.

Latest figures reveal that around one in five people eligible in the isles have had the jab this year.

However, the Scottish government’s flu campaign is urging people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those aged over 65 to get the free vaccine as winter kicks in.

Fourteen per cent of those with underlying health conditions and 34 per cent of pregnant women in Shetland have had the vaccine.

Shetland’s flu immunisation co-ordinator Dr Susan Laidlaw told those eligible to speak to their GP about getting protected against the virus.

“More people than ever before are now being vaccinated against flu and there is an increasing awareness that flu is much worse than the common cold,” she said.

“Catching flu can cause unnecessary worry for friends and family as well as posing a risk of spreading the virus to more vulnerable members of society.

“Flu viruses will circulate across Scotland as we move further into winter so make sure you minimise your risk of catching flu as soon as possible,” she said.