Lothians swine flu infection rate drops, but risk remains

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RATES of swine flu in the Lothians have dropped to the lowest in months, figures have shown.

In the last week just more than 400 people reported flu-like symptoms to their GP.

Only a handful will actually have had the H1N1 virus.

The news comes as parents across the Lothians are being invited to send their children if aged under six, to be vaccinated against the infection.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "This week's figures continue to show a relatively stable picture across Scotland. It is pleasing to see that the number of samples testing positive for the virus has decreased.

"As the vaccination programme enters its second phase I continue to encourage parents with children aged six months to five years to come forward and accept the jag.

"Vaccination remains our best defence against this pandemic."