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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has highlighted the launch this week of the Scottish Government’s annual national flu vaccination programme – with a focus on people with health conditions and children aged 2–5.

Ms Cunningham said:

“Every year thousands of children are hospitalised with flu. Even healthy children can become seriously ill from it. Protecting children can also stop the virus from spreading to family, friends and others.
“To date, more than 1.6 million doses of the nasal vaccine have been given to children aged 2–11 as part of the Scottish childhood immunisations programme.
“Everyone aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people at most risk of serious illness are offered the flu vaccination on the NHS.
“Getting your children vaccinated is free and only takes a few minutes – but it helps to protect against the flu bug for around a year.
“There is a lot of misinformation about vaccines on the internet but I am confident that parents in Perthshire South & Kinross-shire will trust the facts and recognise that vaccines not only work, they save lives.

“NHS Staff do a tremendous job and with a tough time of the year coming up we should all do our bit to not add unnecessary pressure on the health service.
“If you or your children are eligible, make sure that getting the vaccination is a priority and make an appointment with your GP practice or health board as soon as possible.”
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The following groups are eligible for the free flu vaccine:
•  Children aged 211 years old. Children aged 2–5 and children not yet in school will be vaccinated at their GP practice.   Those aged 5–11 will be vaccinated at school during the autumn term. Children must be aged 2 on 1st September 2019.
•  Those over 6 months of age with a medical condition which puts them in an 'at risk' group such as diabetes, heart or kidney disease, and breathing problems. For a full list of health conditions, see NHS Inform
•  Pregnant women (including those with at-risk health conditions).
•  Those aged 65 years of age and over.
•  Unpaid carers.
•  NHS Scotland workers.

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