Flu warn­ing for par­ents

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Par­ents of two to five yearolds in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have been en­cour­aged to join the fight against flu this win­ter.

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 child flu vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme is ex­pected to even­tu­ally pre­vent an es­ti­mated ad­di­tional 200 deaths a year, and 1,100 hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions from flu.

Pub­lic health min­is­ter Aileen Camp­bell said: “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.

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