Children’s flu vaccine figures among highest in South West

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 November 2017

North Somerset's figures are higher than the South West average.

North Somerset's figures are higher than the South West average.

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Children in North Somerset have some of the highest flu jab uptake rates in the South West.

More than 70 per cent of children aged five to six years old in the district received the vaccine last year, compared to a South West average of 59 per cent.

Flu vaccine uptake among children aged six to seven is 68 per cent – 55 per cent in the South West – while the figure among children aged seven to eight stands at 65.5 per cent, more than 13 per cent higher than the South West average.

Dr Julie Yates, screening and immunisation lead for Public Health England South West, said: “Flu can be much more dangerous for children than many parents realise and when children get flu they tend to spread it around the whole family.

“The childhood flu vaccination programme is really beneficial in reducing the spread of the infection to other more vulnerable family members for whom flu can be very serious.”

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