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Parents reminded to get their kids vaccinated against flu

Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital

Forth Valley parents are being urged to make sure their children get the flu vaccination in time for winter.

GP practices are providing the free nasal vaccine for 2-5 year olds around the local area.

Primary school children will receive their vaccination at school.

It’s estimated the flu vaccine prevents an additional 200 deaths in Scotland per year.

Dr Henry A. Prempeh, NHS Forth Valley Public Health Consultant, 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 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.”

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