Join the fight against flu

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Par­ents of young­sters aged be­tween two and five are be­ing en­cour­aged to join the fight against flu this win­ter, by en­sur­ing their chil­dren get their flu vac­ci­na­tion.

GP prac­tices across the NHS La­nark­shire area are pro­vid­ing the free nasal flu vac­cine in a bid to en­sure young chil­dren are pro­tected. Pri­mary school chil­dren will re­ceive their vac­ci­na­tion at school.

By re­duc­ing trans­mis­sion of the virus, par­tic­u­larly to at-risk groups like the el­derly, the flu vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme is ex­pected to even­tu­ally pre­vent an es­ti­mated ad­di­tional 200 deaths per year, and 1100 hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions from flu.

Pub­lic Health Min­is­ter Aileen Camp­bell said: “We’re urg­ing all par­ents across Scot­land to join the fight against flu by get­ting their chil­dren vac­ci­nated as early as pos­si­ble this win­ter.

“The free nasal vac­cine only takes a few min­utes and can pro­tect your child from flu for up to a year, so it re­ally is the best de­fence against the virus which can be ex­tremely in­fec­tious and se­ri­ous.

“The nasal spray is pain­less, has an ex­cel­lent safety record and it doesn’t cause flu.

“Even the health­i­est of chil­dren can fall se­ri­ously ill from flu so it’s re­ally im­por­tant that they get their vac­cine at their GP prac­tice or at school. This will help pre­vent the spread of the virus to fam­ily, friends and oth­ers around them.”

To find out more about the child­hood flu vac­cine and its ben­e­fits, visit im­mu­ni­sa­tion­scot­land.org.uk/child­flu or call NHS In­form on 0800 22 44 88.

Vac­ci­na­tion­par­ents are be­ing urged to pro­tect their chil­dren against flu

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