So summer is finally over, the kids are back at school, Bake-Off and Strictly have started up again and we’re all on the countdown to Christmas. And already the kids have started with sneezes and snuffles as the weather changes. But what if it wasn’t just a bit of a cold, what if it was flu?
Luckily we can immunise against flu as the flu vaccine is offered free each year to most: children aged two or three years old, primary school-aged children and: all children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu.
Here are 5 reasons to get your child vaccinated:
- Protect your child. The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Protect you, your family and friends. Vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family and friends
- No injection needed. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
- It’s better than having flu. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
- Avoid costs. If your child gets flu, you may have to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare
This year the Leeds Childhood Flu Programme is being given by the Childhood Immunisation Team provides the childhood flu programme to children from reception to school Year 5, who live in or attend school in Leeds. You can find out more about why you should get your child vaccinated here including answers to frequently asked questions such as:
- My child is fit and healthy why do they need the flu vaccination?
- My child has asthma and has been invited to have their vaccination at the GPs do they need two?
- Does the nasal vaccine contain pork?
- My child has an egg allergy can they have the flu vaccine?
- A member of our family is currently having chemotherapy is it safe for them to have the vaccine?
Here’s Jude explaining his thoughts on the nasal flu vaccine.
You can also find out more checking out this facebook page @leedsflu or emailing email@example.com or ringing 01423 542360
Visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu for more information. Talk to your GP, practice nurse, your child’s school nurse or your health visitor if you have any further questions.