Flu jabs extended to more children

November 01 2016

MORE children in South Gloucestershire can be vaccinated against flu in the district’s latest immunisation campaign.

MORE children in South Gloucestershire can be vaccinated against flu in the district’s latest immunisation campaign.
It means youngsters aged between two and seven are now able to have the annual free protection after it was decided to extend the programme for the first time to those in school year three.
It is hoped that by offering vaccination to more children, it will help prevent the spread of infection to more vulnerable members of the community.
Parents of children aged from two to four can attend their local GP practice for the nasal spray method of immunisation.
Those at school, from years one to three, can be vaccinated in the classroom if their parents give the necessary permission.
The flu protection campaign is aimed at the most vulnerable, including adults with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and older people - all at greater risk from the effects of the illness - and they will be invited by their GP surgery to have the vaccination.
Dr Jonathan Hayes, a GP and chairman of South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Flu is an unpleasant illness for anyone to have but for those who are more vulnerable, it can be life-threatening.”