NHS Lanarkshire bosses have admitted that they expect to see cases of swine flu in the area in the coming weeks.
Last week it was revealed that two patients were being treated in Wishaw General for the virus.
Dr Femi Oshin has urged locals to seek out the conventional flu vaccine if they have not already done so.
The doctor said: “H1N1, otherwise known as Swine Flu is reported to be the main flu virus circulating in the community.
“The vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and is available free to pregnant women, as well as over-65s, healthy children between two and four years of age.”
The vaccine is also available children at the P1 and P2 stage and healthcare workers.
Patients are urged to contact their GPs for the jab.
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