Parents and carers reminded to get their children vaccinated for flu

Parents and carers are being urged to get their 2, 3 and 4 year-old children vaccinated from the flu for free this half term.

Children under 18 and in ‘at risk’ groups should also get their free vaccination and should have received a letter from their GP inviting them to get the nasal spray.

All Year 1 and 2 students will be offered the vaccination as part of the national flu vaccination programme within their school and will not get vaccinated through their GP.

Children in the clinically ‘at risk’ groups are 11 times more likely to experience complications if they get flu than a ‘healthy child’. These groups include those suffering from heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, stroke or a lowered immune system.

Last year many parents across the Bradford district took advantage of the free vaccination to help prevent the spread of flu. It’s hoped even more parents will take up the offer this year.

Flu can knock people off their feet for a couple of weeks who are normally healthy and can make it impossible for parents to look after their children or go to work.

Anita Parkin, Director of Public Health for Bradford Council says:

“It’s not just a cold. Flu is very contagious and can be a really serious illness. Having the flu vaccine doesn’t just protect your child; it helps stop the flu spreading to other people who may be even more vulnerable than you.

“It’s vital that everyone who receives a letter from their GP makes an appointment to have the quick and simple vaccination and not leave it to chance.

“It’s hard enough to look after a young child who is also ill let alone look after yourself if they’ve passed the flu on to you.

“The seasonal flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine and I would encourage you to have your child protected.”

If you haven’t received a letter suggesting you take your child to their GP for the flu vaccination you should contact your GP to check if you qualify.

Those eligible for the flu vaccinations:

  • All children aged 2, 3 and 4 on 1st September 2015
  • children with serious medical conditions: chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, liver disease, splenic dysfunction, neurological disease or diabetes
  •  a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment

The list above is not exhaustive and decisions should be based on a practitioner’s clinical judgement.


Published: 20/10/2015
Audience: Parents, carers, children's centres
Contact: Thomas Atcheson

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