Flu vaccinations offered to children

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For the first time, children in Suffolk will be offered the flu vaccination at school.

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are being offered flu vaccinations as part of a county wide pilot scheme at their school in the battle to reduce the spread of the illness this winter.

As part of the pilot, each child will be offered a flu vaccine as a simple nasal spray, a painless and quick alternative to traditional injections.

Letters and information leaflets have been sent to parents explaining the programme in detail.

Last year, saw only 10 per cent of children aged between two and 16 years old vaccinated for flu out of 116,623 registered patients in Suffolk.

Councillor Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care said: “This vaccination programme is designed to protect children against flu which can be an unpleasant illness and, although rarely, can sometimes cause serious complications.

“By having the flu vaccination, children are less likely to pass the virus on to friends and family, some of whom may be at greater risk from flu if they are an infant, an older person or someone with an underlying health condition.

“I would urge all parents to return their consent forms as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of flu this winter.”