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People urged to have flu injection

People at high risk of contracting flu in Scotland have been urged to get vaccinated, with pregnant women among those being targeted.

Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, has launched this year's campaign, which will also protect against swine flu as another wave of the disease is being anticipated.

With swine flu (H1N1) posing a resurgent threat this winter, pregnant women have been urged to make sure they have the flu jab.

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."

This year's injection will also guard against two other strains of flu, with the 2010 campaign stressing that carers are also eligible for the vaccine.

Ms 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."

Those who are eligible include those aged 65 and over, and those with a medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, chronic heart conditions, chronic kidney and liver disease and other serious medical conditions.

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"I had flu jab 5 days ago have a sore arm with a large red patch and feel achy and tired. However, nowhere near as bad as full blown flu. Bite the bullet folks and go for it" - Gillian Wilson, Lancs