Par­ents urged to keep kids from flu

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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