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By Fiona Reid
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Kids flu vaccine call-out

PARENTS and carers of children aged 2-5 are being urged to get their child immunised against flu, particularly as immunity levels may be lower this year.

Appointment letters are now arriving inviting the region’s youngsters forward for the free flu nasal spray. The spray is quick and painless and won’t give the child flu.

The letters will include details on where and when the vaccine will be given.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nicola Steedman, said: “Flu can be serious, even for healthy children and young people. That’s why we’re immunising all children aged two up to secondary school pupils in S6 against flu this year. With public health restrictions in place last year, everybody, including young children were not exposed to the flu virus and are likely to have lower immunity to flu than in previous years. I’d urge all parents and carers to take up the offer of getting the free flu vaccine for their child this year and help stop the spread of flu. The vaccine is safe and offers the best protection we have against flu.”

n For more information about the flu vaccine, visit www.nhsinfrom.scot/childflu, call 0800 030 8013.

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