Vulnerable people in Dundee at greater risk from the effects of flu are being urged to take up the offer of a vaccination.
NHS Tayside has warned the virus is now circulating in Scotland and supplies of this year’s jab are still available for those who need them.
Public health consultant Dr Daniel Chandler said: “Flu can be very serious.
“It spreads easily and is much worse than a bad cold.
“It can affect everyone but the risk is greater for young children, pregnant women, older people and those with existing health conditions.
“The best way to get protected is to have this year’s flu vaccine – the sooner the better.
“It only takes a few moments and the more people who are vaccinated, the less likely flu is to spread.
“So don’t leave it too late – get ready for flu this winter.”
The flu vaccine is available free at GP surgeries across Dundee to those over 65, pregnant women and people with exisiting health conditions.
Almost 2,000 people are hospitalised with flu every year.
For further information, visit readyforflu.scot or phone NHS Inform on 0800 224488.
Information about how to request a free inoculation is also available at health centres and at Ninewells Hospital.