Local parent angered by delay to primary school flu jab

An Angus parent has criticised the flu vaccination programme at her child’s school after learning the immunisation would not be delivered until a week before Christmas.

NHS Tayside’s immunisation team has postponed its session at Lochside Primary in Montrose until December 18.

The parent, whose child is in P1, said the date was so far through the winter that it seemed pointless to even hold it at all.

“Every parent I have spoken to has agreed it is too late,” said the mum, who asked not to be named. “I think it should be at least done by November.

“A pharmacist told me it takes a couple of weeks to take effect so you can be halfway through winter and into the new year before a child is immune.”

The parent said the Immunisation Scotland website stated the vaccine would be given in schools between October and December, while the NHS UK page says the ideal time to be immunised is between October and early November.

“My issue is that if flu season starts in October and ends in March then why are the children being put at risk for almost half of that period?” she asked. “I know someone has to be last, but it should be done earlier.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said the date had to be moved from the planned December 13 to fit in with the school’s schedule.