Children to get flu vaccine

November 02 2016

PARENTS of young children aged two to five are being urged to have them vaccinated against flu to help stop the spread of the virus.

 

PARENTS of young children aged two to five are being urged to have them vaccinated against flu to help stop the spread of the virus.

The vaccination is available free on the NHS as a quick, effective and painless nasal spray for children who were aged two to seven on 31 August this year. All children across Bristol aged two, three, and four will continue to get the vaccination from their GP – parents should arrange appointments accordingly. 

For the first time this year, children in Years 1, 2 and 3 will be vaccinated by school nurses. Parents will receive a consent form from the school which they need to sign and return. This follows a pilot in other parts of the UK, which showed that getting children vaccinated can reduce the amount of flu circulating and help protect the community

Other groups eligible to receive the flu vaccination in 2016/17 are: those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups; pregnant women; those aged 65 and over; those in long-stay residential care homes and carers. Frontline health and social care workers should be provided flu vaccination by their employer.