Plea to get the jab as flu cases rise
Less than half of eligible Fifers come forward for vaccine
Just under half of all Fifers (48.2 per cent) under 65 who are eligible for the flu vaccine are yet to come forward for the jab.
And that figure comes as it is revealved that GP consultantions for flu-like illness increased during December and January.
Health professionals across the country are reming people who are 'at risk' to get their annual flu jab as soon as possible while the virus is still circulating.
People that are eligible for the free flu jab are: those aged 65 and over, under 65s with existing long-term medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and other heart, lung and liver disease, pregnant women and unpaid carers of any age. Health and social care staff who deal directly with patients or clients are also recommended to receive the flu vaccine.
The Scottish Government's flu campaign aims to hilight that flu is a serious illness and inform Scots that vaccination is the most effective protection from the virus. People who are 'at risk' can be hit harder with flu and can suffer more complications.
Source: Fife Herald, Friday, Feburary 1, 2013.