Burnham-On-Sea children eligible to get the flu vaccine this winter
Health England is urging parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area whose
children have not yet been vaccinated against flu to do so before
the winter flu season begins.
the first time children in year four (aged eight and nine) will
be added to the school vaccination programme.
vaccination programme already covers children in Reception, Year
1, Year 2 and Year 3 (aged between 4 8) but now children
in year four (aged 8-9) will also be able to get their free flu
vaccination, in the form of a nasal spray, at school.
added school year means that an extra 170,000 children can benefit
from protection against the flu virus this coming winter.
year, many children aged between 2 8 years missed out on
getting the vaccine.
Somerset, vaccine flu percentage uptake at Year 1 (age 5-6 years)
was 65% while Year 2 (age 6-7 years) was 62.6% and Year 3 (aged
7-8 years) 61.5%.
children are particularly vulnerable to flu and are most likely
to spread flu to others. Vaccinating them is one of the best ways
to protect them and the wider community against flu.
Julie Yates, Screening and Immunisation lead for Public Health England
South West, said: "Vaccinating those who are most likely to
get flu both protects them and offers indirect protection to the
rest of the population by reducing the amount of virus circulating."
can be much more dangerous for children than many parents realise
and when children get flu they tend to spread it around the whole
childhood flu vaccination programme is really beneficial in reducing
the spread of the infection to other more vulnerable family members
for whom flu can be very serious."
year, over 1,000 people were admitted to Intensive Care or High
Dependency Units with confirmed flu last winter, with 133 of these
cases being fatal.
get your vaccine or find out if you are eligible, contact your GP,
pharmacist or midwife for more information. Visit nhs.uk/staywell
for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well
flu vaccination programme will be extended gradually to older age
groups in primary school in future years.