Flu figures down

Health Protection Scotland claims the current flu season to be among the lowest on record.

GP consultation rates are one way of detecting how bad the flu rate is and this year it did not cross the baseline threshold of 60 cases per 100,000.

This is compared to the peak of 131 cases per 100,000 reported for 2010/11.

The uptake of flu vaccination in Scotland among people aged 65 and over is 76.2 per cent — a slight rise in last year’s figure of 75.4%.

There was also a slight rise in vaccination among those under 65 but in an at risk group from 56.1% to 56.4%.