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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11717: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it issues to health centres regarding increasing the uptake of winter flu vaccinations and the timing of carrying out the programme.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 13 October 2017

The seasonal and child flu vaccination programmes start on
1 October each year. In the months prior to this, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) letters, for both the seasonal and child flu vaccination programmes, are issued to all GP Practices setting out the arrangements for the flu season ahead. This includes asking GP Practices to take action to ensure as many people as possible are vaccinated early in the season, and before flu viruses begin to circulate. Further, it provides details of the public facing materials that each GP Practice will receive to support the programmes and help raise awareness and encourage uptake of the flu vaccine.