Parents reminded to get their children vaccinated for flu

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

All children aged 2 and 3 and those in ‘at risk’ groups, are eligible for the vaccination and should have received a letter from their GPs inviting them to get protection from flu.

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 it can be even worse for children with a pre-existing medical condition.

Sarah Muckle, Deputy to the 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 your child is eligible and you haven’t received an invitation for them to have their flu vaccination, you should contact your GP.

Those Eligible for the flu vaccinations:

  • All children aged 2 and 3 ie born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015
  • All children aged 6 months to 17 years on 31 August 2017 with serious medical conditions. This includes heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen or neurological diseases, diabetes, stroke or a lowered immune system.
  • 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.

Children in Reception Year and Years 1 to 4 will be offered vaccinations in school as part of a national vaccination programme.


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Published: 20/10/2017
Audience: Teachers, headteachers, parents, school nurses, nursaries
Contact: Thomas Atcheson

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