People across Scotland are being urged to get the flu jab this winter, to reduce their risk of suffering from the potentially serious complications of the virus.
The core message for this year’s campaign is to get the flu jab early, as it’s the most effective way to protect yourself from flu.
If you have an existing health condition such as heart or lung problems, or a long-term illness such as diabetes, then flu can hit you harder and with more severe effect.
It is important that people realise that flu is not just a bad cold.
It is a serious illness that hits hard and fast. It can have serious consequences for those in any of the ‘at risk’ groups.
For more on this, see this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.