NASAL SPRAY VAC­CINE TO STOP FLU

Nasal spray avail­able for those aged up to four

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PAR­ENTS are be­ing urged to get young chil­dren vac­ci­nated against flu after the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for Eng­land warned too few tod­dlers are be­ing in­oc­u­lated.

Chil­dren are the main source of trans­mis­sion of sea­sonal flu, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Health (DOH).

It rolled out a pro­gramme last year in the hope of re­duc­ing the spread of in­fec­tion from chil­dren to other chil­dren, to adults and to those in clin­i­cal risk groups of any age.

Two and three-year-olds were vac­ci­nated for the first time last win­ter and the pro­gramme was ex­tended to four-year-olds in Septem­ber this year.

Tod­dlers are given Fluenz Tetra, a nasal spray, which is quick and pain­less to ad­min­is­ter.

DOH agency Pub­lic Health Eng­land said that young chil­dren were ‘su­per-spread­ers’ and by hav­ing the nasal vac­cine a child re­duces the risk to a baby brother or sis­ter who is too young to be vac­ci­nated, as well as other chil­dren and grand­par­ents who may be more vul­ner­a­ble to the com­pli­ca­tions of flu.

Chil­dren should not have the nasal vac­cine if they are wheezy, are se­verely asth­matic and be­ing treated with oral steroids or high dose in­haled steroids, are al­ler­gic to eggs or any part of the vac­cine or have a con­di­tion that se­verely weak­ens their im­mune sys­tem.

To ar­range a flu vac­ci­na­tion for your child, con­tact your GP.

n SPRAY: The flu vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme has been ex­tended to four-yearolds

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