Parents urged to get youngsters vaccinated against flu

Pain free: Vaccine is sprayed into the  nostrils
Pain free: Vaccine is sprayed into the nostrils

Parents are being urged to take advantage of a free flu vaccination programme this winter for all children aged between 2-11.

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

Children are also being offered a nasal spray vaccine to help stop the spread of flu.

Kids get the same flu symptoms as adults. These are worse than a normal cold and include fever, chills, aching muscles, headaches and extreme tiredness.

Complications arising from flu can include bronchitis, pneumonia, painful middle ear infection, vomiting and diarrhoea.

For children with certain medical conditions, getting flu can be even more serious as it’s likely to make their medical condition much worse.

In the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area 36,462 children aged 2-5 and 92,022 primary school children are eligible for the vaccination in 2014/2015.

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

Parents of children aged 2-5 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 and return the consent form sent home in school bags so that their child can be vaccinated at school.

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