Children set to get nasal spray for flu

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All children are to be offered the flu jab after experts said it could save up to 2000 lives a year.

The scheme, which is expected to be rolled out in 2014, will see youngsters aged two to 17 throughout the UK given the vaccination through a nasal spray.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which advises on vaccination policy, said the flu programme should be extended to children because it could reduce the rate of infection by 40 per cent.

It means the UK will become the first country to offer the flu vaccine to healthy children free of charge.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “The evidence suggests that extending the vaccination programme to include children will help to reduce the spread of flu as children are more likely to spread the virus.”