2017/18 Childhood Flu Campaign

Parents are being urged to join the fight against flu this winter by ensuring children aged 2 to 5 get the flu immunisation

With health professionals warning there is potential for this year’s flu season to be serious, the campaign encourages parents to make an appointment with their GP practice to get their child immunised

The call comes as figures reveal 41% of 2 to 5-year-old children in Scotland didn’t take up the offer of the flu vaccine in 2016.

The vaccine helps protect children against flu and reduces the chance of them spreading the virus to others.

Latest findings from Scotland also provide evidence that the nasal flu vaccine has reduced the risk of hospitalisation in those who are immunised.

Flu is more than just a bad cold. It’s highly infectious with symptoms that come on very quickly and it can hit anyone. The flu vaccine is the safest and most effective way to help protect against flu this year.

To find out more about the childhood flu vaccine and its benefits visit immunisationscotland.org.uk/childflu or phone NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88