This week, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has backed the Scottish Government’s annual national flu vaccination campaign and is calling on eligible people to get their flu jab ahead of the winter period.

Mrs Fellows has especially appealed to the parents of young children to trust medical experts and disregard false claims about the dangers of vaccinations.

Flu jabs are available to people over 65, pregnant women and children aged 2-5 years old will also be offered the vaccination at their GP practice, where 5-11 year olds will be vaccinated at schools during the autumn term.

Flu jabs are also being targeted at people with health conditions, including breathing problems, diabetes and heart and kidney conditions, which puts them at greater risk of flu.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“It’s important that people – especially parents – trust the medical evidence and get their flu jab. This is not only to protect your health and your children’s, but also to protect the health of people around you to prevent flu being passed to others.

“The lies online about vaccines and jabs are endangering children’s lives. With thousands of children being hospitalised by flu each year, it is important that parents take their children for their jab.

“Flu jabs are one of the great things about our National Health Service. It’s free and only takes a few minutes. Our NHS staff at all levels deserve our recognition and thanks for keeping us healthy, especially during the winter months.”