Kenneth Gibson MSP encourages parents of 2 to 5-year old children across North Ayrshire to take advantage of the free flu vaccine in a bid to protect them from the virus this winter.
GP practices across North Ayrshire are providing the nasal flu vaccine free of charge and Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell is calling on parents to get their children vaccinated before Christmas.
“Even the healthiest of children can fall seriously ill from flu, so it is vital they get their vaccine at their local GP practice to help protect their child and prevent the spread of the virus to family, friends and others around them.
“The 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."
Kenneth Gibson added:
“It’s that time of the year when there is a change of weather, resistance becomes low and bugs are going all around.
“With less than two weeks until the Christmas holidays, I would urge all parents or guardians of children across North Ayrshire to take their child to their local GP for the free nasal vaccine, if they haven’t yet had a chance to do so.
“The nasal spray is painless, has an excellent safety record, and does not contain a live virus, so will not cause flu in your child.”