Children across Highland Perthshire are being offered the flu vaccine and parents are being reminded to be ready to sign consent forms.
This year more people than ever will be offered the flu vaccine in an effort to double down on the Coronavirus.
A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said: “The flu vaccine is offered to all primary school pupils in Scotland but needs consent from parents/carers before it can before it can be given. Look out for forms coming home from school and please complete it as soon possible.”
By offering the vaccine to more people, the NHS is hoping to help combat Coronavirus which has demonstrated to be more dangerous in winter.
NHS Inform explained: “Flu is a respiratory virus with similar symptoms to coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s likely flu viruses and the virus that causes coronavirus will both be spreading this autumn and winter.”
Taking the vaccine is expected to help alleviate more pressure from the NHS by helping people tackle the virus with a strengthened defence from the vaccine.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Flu can be extremely serious and is very infectious. With COVID-19 still circulating in the community we can best protect the people of Scotland by encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated against flu too.
“That’s why this flu season, we are extending the vaccination programme and offering the flu vaccine to around four million people in Scotland. This will help to protect those most at risk as well as ease pressure on our National Health Service and social care services. The vaccines are safe and the best way to help protect you, and others, from flu this winter.”