Parents of toddlers in the Western Isles are encouraged to give their children a
GP practices across the islands area are providing the free nasal flu vaccine for
two to five year olds.
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 said: “We’re urging all parents across Scotland
to join the fight against flu by getting their children vaccinated as early as possible
“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.”