Winter flu vaccine campaign
The NHS is encouraging people to get their flu vaccine as early as possible this year.
The scheme is being administered by GP practices until the end of March as part of a programme which will see more than two million people across Scotland offered the vaccination this winter.
Over the last five years around 500 deaths attributable or related to flu have occurred each winter.
Consultant in public health medicine for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Dr Nigel Calvert, said: “If you have a health condition it’s so important that you receive the vaccine as you may be at higher risk of complications from flu.
“Anyone who is eligible should make an appointment with their GP practice to get their vaccine as soon as possible. It doesn’t take long and you may be pleased that you took the time to get protected.”