NASAL SPRAY VACCINE TO STOP FLU
Nasal spray available for those aged up to four
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