Parents reminded to get half-term flu vaccination for their children

Parents are being urged to use the half term to organise the free flu vaccination for their children if they are eligible.

All children aged 2, 3 and 4, and those in ‘at risk’ groups, are eligible for the vaccination and should have received letter from their GPs inviting them to get the protection.
 
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, lung kidney or lung disease, diabetes, stroke or a lowered immune system.
 
Last year two in every five 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.
 
Children in school Years 1, 2 and 3 will also be able to get the nasal spray vaccine in school as part of the schools vaccination programme over the next few months.

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Published: 24/10/2016
Audience: Children's centres, parents, teachers, headteachers, nursaries
Contact: Thomas Atcheson

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