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a vaccination syringes image cbOctober 6 2017

Parents in Scotland are being urged to have their children aged 2-5 years vaccinated against the flu. 

 A campaign from the Scottish Government is advising them that “GP practices across Scotland are providing the free nasal flu vaccine in a bid to ensure young children are protected. Primary school children will receive their vaccination at school.”

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 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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