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Topical questions

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said that "over the past three years uptake of the influenza vaccination in Scotland has been increasing".

Mr Matheson was replying to a question from Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon who asked whether the uptake for flu vaccinations in 2012 was on target, during topical questions on 6 November 2012.

The minister said that the Scottish government target was 75% for the final uptake for the over 65's and under 65's at risk.

He said, however, "we do not set interim targets" and as in previous years the Scottish government was running "an extensive campaign" highlighting the benefits of the vaccine.

MSPs also questioned Enterprise Secretary Fergus Ewing and Education Secretary Michael Russell.

Mr Ewing was asked what support would be provided to staff at the Freshlink factory in Shettleston, who have been told that the factory is closing and moving its business to England.

Mr Russell was asked what steps the government were taking to resolve any backlog in student loan applications.

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