KIDS’ FLU WARNING
THE National Health Service (NHS) has called on parents to get the flu vaccine for their kids before Christmas.
The idea is to prevent kids spreading the virus to elderly relatives over the holiday period. Flu can be a serious illness for the very young, the very old, and people with serious health problems, such as cancer or heart conditions.
Children can pick up the flu virus at schools and nurseries, where germs spread very easily.
Kids aged 2-3 can get the vaccine free on the NHS through their local doctor. Children in reception class and primary school years 1-4 can also get the vaccine, which is sprayed up the nose and is described by the NHS as “quick, easy and painless”.
Professor Keith Willett of NHS England said: “Last year, millions of people missed out on their free vaccination and yet it’s one simple, common-sense step to help us all stay healthy this winter.”
There’s less than a month to go until Christmas, yet only 18% of school-age kids have had the vaccine so far. To find out more, your parents can speak to your doctor or school nurse.