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Parents urged to join flu fight

Section:  Annan and Eskdale, Dumfries and West, Lockerbie and Lochmaben, Moffat  | Tags: , , , , , ,

THIS year’s child flu vaccination programme is now underway and parents of 2-5 year olds in Dumfries and Galloway are encouraged to ensure their youngsters are treated.

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Parents urged to join fight against flu
Pictured Four-year- old Lyle Findlay at his
vaccination appointment at Govan Health Centre in Glasgow with Sarah Everett Practice Nurse
Child flu vaccination programme now underway.
Parents of 2-5 year olds are encouraged to join the fight against flu this winter, by ensuring
their children get their flu vaccination.
GP practices across Scotland 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 per year, and 1,100 hospitalisations from flu.
Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell today joined four-year- old Lyle Findlay at his
vaccination appointment at Govan Health Centre in Glasgow. She said:
“We’re urging all parents across Scotland to join the fight against flu by getting their children
vaccinated as early as possible this winter.
“The free nasal vaccine only takes a few minutes and can protect your child from flu for up to
a year, so it really is the best defence against the virus which can be extremely infectious
and serious. The nasal spray is painless, has an excellent safety record and it doesn’t cause
flu.
“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.”
Background
Parents of 2-5 year olds not yet at school should contact their GP practice to make an
appointment. Parents of primary school children should return their consent form to the
school if they have not done so already.
To find out more about the child flu vaccine and to see a short clip of the vaccine being
given, visit Immunisation Scotland or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.

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GP practices across the region 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.
Dr Nigel Calvert is the area’s flu immunisation co-ordinator and said: “It’s very important that children between the ages of two and five receive the nasal flu vaccine this winter.
“The vaccine is the best defence against flu and not only helps to help protect your children, but also helps to reduce the spread of the virus amongst others.
“Getting the vaccine itself only takes a few minutes; it’s painless and will provide protection for up to a year.”
Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell added: “We’re urging all parents to join the fight against flu by getting their children vaccinated as early as possible this winter.
“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.

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