Toddlers to be given swine flu jab

There will be a focus on administering the swine flu jab to children under fives and personal careers following advice by the chief medical adviser.

The second phase of the H1N1 vaccination programme will see more than a quarter of a million Scottish children immunised and individuals considered a high risk to their patients.

Earlier this week a child died from the bug and man in the Lothian area died yesterday.

Yesterday health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, guaranteed that priority persons would be vaccinated before Christmas.

In response to phase two of the programme, Ms Sturgeon said: “We anticipate this will happen during December, although completion of the vaccination of young children is not expected until mid January.”

Since April, 39 people in Scotland have died from the category five virus, 142 in England, 21 in Wales and 13 in Northern Ireland.

Many groups have opposed the anti-virus jab due to side effects it may cause.

Edinburgh Napier News spoke to two mothers in Leith today to find out their views.

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