New nasal spray flu vaccine for children

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2013

The old injection-style flu vaccine may be a thing of the past

The old injection-style flu vaccine may be a thing of the past

Archant

A NEW medicine is available to protect toddlers from the number one winter bug.

Parents with young children are being urged to protect them from flu by using a new vaccine which is administered as a nasal spray.

North Somerset Council has asked parents of children aged two and three to protect their children against what can be a life-threatening illness.

The spray will be offered to all children born between September 2, 2009 and September 1, 2011.

Children who are already offered the annual flu jab will be given two doses of the nasal spray. Parents or carers should speak to their GP for advice.

The flu vaccination is also recommended for those aged 65 and over, pregnant women or those with serious underlying health conditions.

The council’s director of public health, Becky Pollard, said: “Flu is just as unpleasant for children as it is for adults.

“I would like to encourage everyone who is eligible for the vaccine this year to arrange an appointment with their GP, to protect themselves and their family. I would also like to ask health care workers to take up the

vaccine via their occupational health service to help reduce the spread of flu.”

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