Scottish health authorities have launched an extensive flu vaccination drive to protect all children from the serious consequences of seasonal flu.
While in the past years, only "at risk" children were given anti-flu vaccination, this year all children are being offered the vaccine. The vaccine is being given in the form of a nasal spray and not an injection.
As per the government's estimate, nearly 120,000 children in the age group of 2-3 years and as many as 100,000 primary school students will be offered the vaccine this year.
The country's largest ever immunization drive was launched by First Minister Alex Salmond. Launching the drive, Mr. Salmond said, "We are committed to help and protect the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in society likely to suffer serious consequences of flu."
Urging people to get protected before the arrival of winter, Salmond pointed out that he as an asthmatic receives the injection every year.
Children, pregnant women and people aged 65 years or older are more at risk of complications from seasonal flu.
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