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Scotland is struggling to meet its flu uptake targets after its disastrous vaccine shortages, but GPs elsewhere in the UK have engineered a dramatic recovery.

Scottish uptake in the over-65s was 61 per cent after the first two months of the campaign, down from 69 per cent last year.

But in areas of the UK less badly affected by shortages, GPs are on course for record uptake after pulling out all the stops during November. Many areas are already close to, or over, the 70 per cent target for over-65s.

Uptake at the end of November was 68 per cent in Slough and 72 per cent in Mid-Sussex ­ both 12 points up on last year.

In October UK update had been down 2 per cent on last year, with Scotland's down by 17 points.

GPC negotiator Dr Richard Vautrey praised GPs for their efforts 'despite all the problems'.

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