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School flu immunisation team gears up to offer flu vaccine to all primary school pupils across Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Sunday, September 4, 2016

A team of 29 health staff are set to visit nine primary schools each day between October and mid December as they bid to immunise primary school pupils against flu.

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) has developed a 29 strong team to deliver its primary school flu immunisation programme. Between October and December they will visit 343 primary schools using a nasal spray to immunise pupils. 

Children have the highest flu attack rates and are more likely to pass on the virus to family, friends and the wider community. 

However, evidence from Public Health England has shown that where primary school age children were given the nasal spray vaccine there significant reduction in the number of children and adults attending GPs and hospitals with flu like illness. 

Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s director of Public Health, said: “The national flu immunisation programme begins in October and, as always, we want to immunise as many children and other vulnerable groups of people as possible." 

“The vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus which causes severe illness and deaths each year. 

“If a primary pupil was immunised against flu last year it is important they get the vaccine again this year, as the virus keeps changing. Last year’s vaccine may not protect against this year’s viruses so annual re-vaccination is advised to guard against any risk of reduced immunity.

“Flu needs to be taken seriously – it’s not the same as the common cold and the virus can have an immediate and severe effect.”

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