FIFERS at risk of developing complications from flu are being advised there is still time to get a vaccine before the virus hits. 
The number of reported cases of flu more than doubled last winter, with the illness at the highest rate for seven years. 
Dona Milne, Director of Public Health at NHS Fife, said: “Flu isn’t circulating widely in Scotland as yet, so there’s still time to get the vaccine and ensure you’re protected ahead of winter.
“Last winter was a particularly bad year for flu, which is why it’s so important those who are at risk get the vaccine, even if they feel fit and healthy.  It only takes a few minutes and will protect you for around a year.”

The Scottish Government has bought more vaccines than last year due to the higher demand and the free vaccine is offered to two million people in Scotland. 

The following groups are eligible for the free flu vaccine:

  • Those aged 65 years of age and over
  • Those over 6 months of age with a medical condition which puts them in an 'at risk' group such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, heart and lung diseases, or autoimmune disorders.
  • NHS Scotland workers
  • Unpaid carers
  • Pregnant women (including those with at risk conditions)
  • Children aged 2-11 years old. 2-5 year olds and not yet in school will be vaccinated at their GP practice. 5-11 year olds will be vaccinated at school during the autumn term.