North Somerset parents urged to vaccinate children against the flu

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 October 2016

Parents are being urged to vaccinate their children.

Parents are being urged to vaccinate their children.

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North Somerset's Clinical Commission Group (CCG) is urging all parents to vaccinate their children against flu, after new figures revealed only 54 per cent of eligible children received it in the past year.

The figures, obtained by the CCG, revealed that of the 2,455 children who were eligible for vaccination in the district, between the ages of five and six, only 1,325 had the vaccination.

It is available for free on the NHS, at school or through a GP, for all children who were aged two to seven on August 31 of this year and North Somerset Council plays a part in providing this. The way the vaccination is administered has changed with children receiving a painless nasal spray, rather than an injection.

North Somerset Council’s director of public health, Natalie Field. said: “We know that offering the flu vaccination within schools achieves good uptake rates, helping reduce the spread of flu and protecting the wider community.”

For more information, visit North Somerset CCG’s website.

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