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Featured Thursday, Nov 1 2018

Mother of two backs local campaign for young children to be vaccinated against flu

Bracknell mother-of-two*, Laura Frost is supporting East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning group’s (CCG’s) on-going flu campaign which encourages young children to be vaccinated this year.

With nursery and school terms well underway, parents and guardians of children aged two and three, are being encouraged to take up the offer of the free flu vaccination for their children.

This year, children aged 2 and 3 years, or in school years Reception to year five, are all eligible for the flu vaccination on the NHS.

The child-friendly nasal spray, delivers a simple squirt into each nostril, making administration to this age group quick and easy.

Nurses are running clinics for children in years Reception, one, two, three, four and five, and parents with children aged two and three years old should visit their GP for the nasal spray.

Children of all ages with a health condition that puts them at greater risk of flu are also eligible for the flu vaccine at their GP practice.

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can often last several days. Some children can get a very high fever, sometimes without the usual flu symptoms, and may need to go to hospital for treatment. Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia.

East Berkshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Associate Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety, Jo Greengrass said: “It is important that we protect young children from the flu virus in time for winter by getting them vaccinated now.

“Children can become very poorly if they catch flu impacting on the wider family, as parents/carers may have to take time off work to look after them.

“Protecting your child can also stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu.”

It is important to get children vaccinated even if they had the flu vaccination last year. The flu vaccine provides protection against the strains of flu that are likely to circulate this year and which may be different from last year.

*Children aged 2 and 4