parents urged to vaccinate children against flu
County Council is urging parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure
young children are vaccinated against flu.
The vaccination for children is available free on the NHS for all
children who were aged two to seven on 31st August 2016. It is a
quick, effective and painless nasal spray.
children aged two, three, and four will continue to get the vaccination
from their GP. Their parents need to arrange an appointment with
In the Burnham-On-Sea area children in school years one, two and
three will be vaccinated by school nurses at school.
was after initial pilot sites last year, of which Somerset was one,
showed this approach was more acceptable to parents, increased uptake
and had the greatest impact on reducing illness.
parents will receive information and a consent form from the school
which they need to sign and return to ensure that their child is
able to have the vaccine.
can be a very unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the
same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills and aching muscles
and in some cases more serious consequences such as pneumonia and
Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet member with responsibility for health
at Somerset County Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Flu can
be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread
it around the whole family and to friends. The flu vaccine can help
protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading
to others. Dont put it off, ask your GP about the flu vaccine
or sign your school consent form."
NHS England South West Consultant in Public Health, Dr Julie Yates,
said: "I would urge parents to take flu seriously. Flu is passed
easily between children and can be a very unpleasant illness as
they suffer the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills,
aching muscles and in some cases more serious consequences such
as pneumonia and sepsis, which can be life threatening."
"Reducing the chances of catching flu could mean that parents
and their children are less likely to need time off school or work,
and will be less likely to suffer serious illness that requires
attendance at the GP or in hospital. Young children are also much
less able to maintain good hygiene when they are ill and so spread
illnesses such as flu to carers and family members very easily."
"The vaccination will therefore also provide protection for
grandparents, carers and other vulnerable people who may come in
to close contact with them."
The flu programme has been launched as part of the Public Health
England and NHS England national Stay Well This Winter campaign.
Other groups eligible to receive the free flu vaccination in 2016/17
are: those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups;
pregnant women; those aged 65 years and over; those in long-stay
residential care homes; carers - frontline health and social care
workers should be provided flu vaccination by their employer. This
includes general practice staff. Full information is available at