Scottish politician backs student's call for free flu vaccines for student nurses

Student nurse Charlotte Ritson has launched a petition asking for the Scottish National Health Service to provide flu vaccinations to student nurses when they are posted to clinical areas.

Charlotte said: “Student nurses spend around 60 per cent of their time shadowing nurses in hospitals and in clinics and we do not receive a flu jab while this is taking place. This means we risk contracting seasonal flu and possibly passing that on to patients, many of whom are vulnerable or elderly’.

Currently, student nurses in Scotland are expected to pay for the vaccination themselves, or go without immunisation.

To read more about Charlotte’s petition, please click here.