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Toddlers need their free flu nasal vaccination this winter

Categories: Children,East Sheen,East Sheen News,News

Parents and carers are reminded to protect children aged 2 and 3 from the flu by booking the free, quick and painless nasal spray vaccination.

According to the council’s press release, children are ‘super spreaders’ of the winter flu virus and so the vaccination not only protects them from a potentially life-threatening illness, but also protects any vulnerable people – such as older grandparents – who they interact with.

Children can suffer from the flu in the same way adults do. Symptoms include fever, chills, aching muscles, headaches, stuffy noses, dry coughs and sore throats. Symptoms can also become more serious and complex, resulting in the need for hospital treatment. It can lead to children not being unable to access childcare and parents needing to take time off work to look after their little ones.

The nasal spray vaccine is a safe and easy way to prevent the flu in your child and stop the transmission to other family members. Call your GP to book your appointment.

Older children aged 4-11 will also receive the quick and painless nasal spray vaccination at school. Make sure you sign and return the consent form as soon as possible to avoid any delay. All children with long-term health conditions are eligible for the free vaccine via their GP.

This winter, adults over 50 years of age are also eligible for the free flu jab, as well as at-risk groups and their carers.

For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/ or https://www.richmond.gov.uk/flu_jabs

Author: Bori Kiss

Bori has been a member of the ESV team since 2012. She loves long walks in Richmond Park and coffee that's not too hot to drink.