Con­sent form key for kids flu vac­ci­na­tions

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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.”

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