Consent form key for kids flu vaccinations
Parents in Wishaw are being urged to return their children’s flu vaccination consent form as soon as possible to ensure they are protected against flu this winter.
This year’s childhood flu vaccination programme will see over 2000 schools across Scotland offer the free nasal vaccine to more than 450,000 pupils.
Health professionals are reminding parents of the benefits of the free nasal vaccine as latest figures reveal over a quarter (27 per cent) of the children eligible didn’t receive the vaccine last year.
As no child will receive the vaccination without consent, the importance of returning a completed form has been highlighted in a bid to ensure more children in Scotland are protected.
Dr Gregor Smith, deputy chief medical officer for Scotland, said: “As always we’re urging all parents across Scotland to join the fight against flu by getting their children vaccinated as early as possible.
“Getting the free nasal vaccine only takes a few minutes but can protect your child from flu for up to a year, so it really is the best defence against the virus.”