MSP urges flu jab uptake as virus cases double over December

MSP urges flu jab uptake as virus cases double over December

ELIGIBLE constituents are being encouraged to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination by MSP Rona Mackay.

Everyone aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people at most risk of serious illness are offered the flu vaccination on the NHS.

Flu rates in Scotland doubled in December with the most recent figures from Health Protection Scotland showing around 46 Scots in every 100,000 were suffering from the virus, comparing to 22 in every 100,000 for the same week in 2016.

Ms Mackay, MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, said:

“There has been a surge in flu cases this year compared to last, nearly double according to the NHS.

“This is why it is so important that those most at risk of the flu virus to take up the free vaccination.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to say how thankful I am for the work NHS staff have been doing over this festive and winter period.

“NHS staff have coped so well under the extra pressure this year – but the public can help relieve this by making sure they are vaccinated, if eligible.”


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