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Flu vaccine pilot in children delayed over pork ingredient concerns

Boy receiving vaccine crop

A childhood flu immunisation programme has been delayed due to parental objections to the pork gelatine which is an ingredient in the nasal vaccine used for the scheme.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said that their pilot programme – which is part of a major immunisation drive in Scotland – was ‘temporarily postponed’ in Glasgow to address concerns from a ‘small number’ of parents with a religious objection to the ingredient.

It comes after concerns raised by parents in Leicester last month, although that did not lead to any delays in the child flu vaccination pilot going ahead.

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