Every child to receive flu vaccination

Children across the county will be vaccinated against flu
Children across the county will be vaccinated against flu

Every child in the county aged two to 11 will be offered the flu vaccine from this autumn as part of a new immunisation programme.

With children two to three times more likely to be ill with flu than adults, the programme will help protect children this winter, and reduce the risk of flu being spread to others.

This follows last year’s pilot where the same nasal spray vaccine was safely administered to around 130,000 children in Scotland.

Parents of children aged two to five years and not yet in school should make an appointment with their GP practice to get their child vaccinated. Parents of primary school children should look out for consent forms in school bags.

Lisa Avery is keen that her daughter, Marianna Medina (6) receives the flu vaccine.

She said: “I would hate to think that Marianna could get seriously ill, and as flu is so much worse than a bad cold it is vital that she is protected.”

You can find out more about the flu vaccine for children at immunisationscotland.org.uk/childflu or call NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.