Free flu vac­cine for kids

Strathearn Herald - - CLUB NEWS - Johnathon Menzies

Par­ents of young chil­dren in Strat­hearn and be­yond have been urged to take up the of­fer of a free flu vac­cine.

In a bid to pro­tect chil­dren from the virus this win­ter, GP prac­tices across Scot­land – in­clud­ing sev­eral lo­cally – are pro­vid­ing the nasal im­mu­ni­sa­tion against the dis­ease free of charge for those aged be­tween two and five years.

Cri­eff- based Roseanna Cun­ning­ham MSP, who rep­re­sents the Perthshire South and Kin­ross- shire con­stituency at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, en­cour­aged as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to take ad­van­tage of the ini­tia­tive.

The SNP politi­cian said: “No-one wants their child to get sick and the flu virus can strike any­one at any time so

it is a re­ally good idea to get young chil­dren vac­ci­nated. “It pro­tects the chil­dren and helps pre­vent the spread of the virus to fam­ily, friends and oth­ers around them.

“It only takes a few min­utes to get up to a year’s pro­tec­tion from flu.

“The vac­cine doesn’t con­tain live virus, has an ex­cel­lent safety record and is ad­min­is­tered by nasal spray so it is pain­less too.”

Ms Cun­ning­ham con­tin­ued: “All par­ents need to do is get in touch with their GP and the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments can be made.”

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