HEALTH chiefs urged vulnerable Scots to get the flu jag yesterday after the virus killed teen Bethany Walker.

Pregnant women, over-65s and anyone suffering diabetes, heart or chest problems were advised to take up the free vaccine.

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The warning came as the number of flu patients in Scotland doubled in one week.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “The most common flu virus being detected is one covered by this year’s vaccine.

“There is still time for those eligible to receive it and I would encourage them to do so.

“We’re seeing higher rates of flu with double the rate of influenza-like illness from last week and four times the rate than the same period last year.

“NHS and care staff have responded magnificently.”

Health Secretary Shona Robison yesterday sent her condolences to the family of Bethany, 18, of Applecross, Wester Ross, who died from pneumonia after catching flu.

She was airlifted from her home but passed away after medics at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness battled in vain for two hours trying to save her last Friday.

Ms Robison, left, last night said: “My deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Bethany Walker.

“I cannot begin to imagine their grief at her loss.”