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H1N1 vaccine offered with flu jabs

Swine flu vaccinations will be made available with conventional flu vaccines in a campaign to encourage people in Scotland to protect themselves against the disease.

Every year in Scotland, seasonal flu vaccine is made freely available to groups considered "at-risk", including those with long-term health conditions, NHS staff and people over 65. This year, the vaccine against H1N1 will also be on offer.

Harry Burns, Scotland's chief medical officer, said last week that seasonal flu was being "elbowed out" as the predominant flu strain by swine flu.

However, different groups are at risk from the conditions, with seasonal flu posing a considerable risk to the elderly and swine flu more of a risk to the young.

Mr Burns will join health secretary Nicola Sturgeon to meet patients having the vaccine at a medical centre in Edinburgh. A Scottish government spokesman said: "The campaign aims to encourage eligible people to protect themselves from the potentially serious consequences of flu by getting the vaccination".

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Scotland flu information

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