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New flu vaccination scheme for Cumbernauld tots

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:48 GMT on Friday, July 26th, 2013.

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KIDS in Cumbernauld could be the first to experience a new immunisation programme, announced by the Scottish Government today, which is aimed at protecting children against flu.

The new immunisation programme will see children administered the vaccination through a nasal spray, with the programme due to be phased in from this autumn.

The new scheme follows advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, with the scheme seeing all two and three year olds offered immunisation against flu from this year, while a selection of primary schools in every health board area will take part in a pilot programme.

Over the next two years the scheme will be rolled out to children at all of Scotland’s primary schools and selected secondary schools, in a move which will see all Scots aged two to 17 being offered the flu vaccine from the end of 2015.
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Commenting on the extension of the flu vaccination programme, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns said: “Flu is a serious illness and the extension of the flu vaccination programme will protect those children who receive the vaccine, and will help to protect against the spread of flu.

“The vaccine offers excellent protection against those types of flu virus that are most likely to be circulating each winter, protecting your child from a nasty illness that could end up with them having treatment in hospital.

“The immunisation is safe, quick and painless and has been used in a number of other countries, including the US, for many years.

“In addition, it is important that those people who are in the clinical at risk groups for flu immunisation continue to be vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus.”

Meanwhile, the regular flu vaccination programme will continue to be offered to people under 65 with an underlying medical condition; people aged 65 and over; pregnant women; health and social care workers; and, unpaid carers, including young carers.
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