Parents urged to keep kids from flu
Rutherglen and Cambuslang parents are being urged to make sure their children are vaccinated against flu.
Around 400,000 primary school pupils across Scotland will be offered the free flu vaccination this autumn.
Parents of primary school children are being encouraged to look out for their child’s consent form which will be sent home in their school bag at the start of the autumn term, and are being asked to return it in seven days.
The flu vaccination offers children the best defence against flu this winter, and the vaccine itself is a simple nasal spray that’s quick to administer, easily absorbed and pain free.
With children being up to three times more likely to be ill with flu than adults, it is important to protect youngsters from the dangers of flu and reduce the risk of flu being spread to others.
The Scottish childhood flu immunisation programme is expected to eventually prevent an estimated additional 200 deaths per year and 1,100 hospitalisations from flu.
Dr Nicola Steedman, is the acting deputy chief medical officer.
She said:“Flu can hit children hard, which is why we’re appealing to parents who have children of primary school age to look out for the flu vaccination consent forms which will be arriving home in school bags from the start of the new term.
“Even healthy children can become seriously ill from flu and the vaccine not only helps protect them, but it also helps stop the spread of the virus.”