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National flu jab campaign launched

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People in Scotland with an increased risk of catching flu have been urged to seek vaccination, especially pregnant women.

The yearly inoculation drive is intended to encourage elderly people and other vulnerable groups to protect themselves.

The jab will also protect recipients against swine flu, expected to be the most common strain this winter, and two other strains of influenza.

Chief medical officer Dr Harry Burns said: “Pregnant women will be offered the vaccine this year. This is because H1N1 is likely to be the main circulating virus this flu season and pregnant women have been noted to be at greater risk of complications of H1N1 influenza infection.”

The new government-backed campaign will highlight the fact that carers are eligible for the vaccine.

Scotland’s health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “For those at risk, the complications of seasonal flu can be deadly. The best way to protect yourself is to get the jab.

She added: “There are over 650,000 unpaid carers in Scotland and many don’t realise that they are eligible for the vaccine. It is vitally important that they come forward to protect themselves and the people they care for.”

Click here to read more about the Scottish government’s flu campaign

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