Two die from swine flu

Swine flu has killed two people in Scotland in the last week, according to new figures.

A total of 12 people suffering from the H1N1 virus have been taken into intensive care in the past seven days.

Since the flu campaign started in Scotland a total of 23 people have needed treatment in intensive care, and four of them have died.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: ``We are seeing the number of people consulting their GP with a flu-like illness starting to increase, but not yet above the levels that would be expected at this time of year.''

She added that the highest rates were amongst under fives, saying: ``The majority of healthy children experience mild symptoms from flu and current expert advice is that they do not need to be vaccinated. Children with an underlying health condition, such as asthma, should get the vaccine.''

Figures showed that 48.4% of those under 65 who are eligible for the flu vaccine have now received it.