Get chil­dren ready to fight flu this win­ter

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Par­ents of pri­mary school chil­dren in NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran are be­ing urged to act now to get their chil­dren ready to flight flu this win­ter.

Fol­low­ing last year’s bad flu sea­son, health pro­fes­sion­als have high­lighted the ben­e­fits of get­ting chil­dren vac­ci­nated early ahead of win­ter hit­ting.

Flu vac­ci­na­tion con­sent forms will be ar­riv­ing home in school bags over the next few days as the au­tumn term gets un­der way, which par­ents need to re­turn if they wish their child to be vac­ci­nated.

The safe and ef­fec­tive nasal vac­cine is the best way to help pro­tect chil­dren from flu. It only takes a few min­utes and pro­vides pro­tec­tion for around a year.

To date, more than 1.6 mil­lion doses of the nasal vac­cine have been given to 2-11 year olds in Scot­land, and the vac­cine will be of­fered to 400,000 pri­mary aged chil­dren this year as part of the Scot­tish child­hood im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­gramme. Deputy chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for Scot­land Dr Gre­gor Smith has urged par­ents to con­sider get­ting their child vac­ci­nated, not only to pro­tect them, but to help stop the spread of the virus to oth­ers.

‘Flu can be se­ri­ous, and can re­sult in even healthy chil­dren be­ing hos­pi­talised.

‘The vac­cine re­mains the best way to pro­tect your child against flu and helps pro­tect those around them who may be vul­ner­a­ble to flu.’

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