Par­ent­ing: Binky Fel­stead

NHS doc­tor and Get Well Soon pre­sen­ter Dr Ranj solves your is­sues

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Q

Is it a good idea for my son to get the nasal spray flu vac­cine? I’m wor­ried about him hav­ing too many! Is­abelle, Bris­tol

Dr Ranj says: Flu is a very com­mon ill­ness and most peo­ple af­fected will be fine. But there is a risk that it could be­come se­ri­ous and re­sult in hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, and even death. The risk is higher if you are very young, el­derly, preg­nant, or have an un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal prob­lem. Since lots of chil­dren get the flu virus, and then pass it on to other peo­ple, it’s im­por­tant for them to have the vac­ci­na­tion. The risks from vac­ci­na­tion are small, com­pared to the ben­e­fits they pro­vide.

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