Since the vaccine was introduced in Scotland in 2013, the number of laboratory confirmed cases in infants has fallen by more than 80 per cent. Babies are given an oral dose of the vaccine at two and three months of age as part of the routine childhood programme.
The shingles (herpes zoster) programme was introduced on September 1, 2013 and immunisation is offered to those aged 70 with a catch up programme over the next few years to immunise those between 71 and 79.
The flu vaccine (in the form of a nasal spray for most children) was piloted before being rolled out as a national programme in October 2014 to all children aged between 2 and 11 years old as part of an extension to the seasonal flu programme in Scotland. Around 400,000 primary school pupils across Scotland will be offered the free flu vaccine in 2015-2016 protecting more people than ever before from flu.