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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Flu vaccine push

PARENTS in the region are being urged to get their under 5s vaccinated against flu this winter.

Almost two thirds (72 per cent) of 2-5 year olds in Dumfries and Galloway were immunised last year and Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell is hoping for an even better turnout this year.

GP practices are providing the free nasal spray in a bid to ensure young children are protected.
And it comes as health professionals warn there is potential for this year’s flu season to be serious.
Ms Campbell said: “The message we want to get out is that the nasal flu vaccine simply provides the best defence against flu.
“Every year in Scotland, children are hospitalised for treatment of flu and its complications. It can hit even the healthiest children hard, so its vital parents consider getting their child vaccinated before winter sets in as the virus spreads more easily when temperatures are low.
“I hope we see uptake of the flu vaccine rise this year. We want to ensure every 2-5 year old is prepared and ready to fight flu.”
To find out more go to immunisationscotland.org.uk/childflu or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.

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