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Parents of eligible children urged to ensure they get flu vaccination

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Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging everyone eligible for a free flu vaccination, to contact their GP practice and make an appointment.

Amongst the groups eligible for a free flu vaccination are children aged 2-11 years old, and the CCG is particularly keen to remind the parents of these children not to forget about the importance of getting them vaccinated, particularly bearing in mind the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“With the added risk of Covid-19 and flu circulating together this winter, it’s more important than ever that eligible groups, including children aged 2-11, are vaccinated against flu this year,” explains Rebecca Neno, Deputy Chief Nurse, Lincolnshire CCG.

The number of people the NHS wants to give the flu vaccination to this year has increased and it will be offered to more than 30 million people, meaning that many people will be eligible for the free flu vaccination who’ve not had it before, and may not realise they are eligible.

  • In terms of children, if you haven’t already heard from your GP practice, and your child was aged two or three years old (on 31 August 2020), you should contact your child’s GP.
  • If your child is at primary school or in year 7 of secondary school, the school will send you a leaflet and consent form.  Please sign the form and return it.
  • If your child has a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu, or lives with someone on the NHS Shielded Patient list, they can get the flu vaccination from their GP.

“There are five reasons you should vaccinate your child,” adds Rebecca.  “The vaccine will protect your child against flu and serious complications like bronchitis and pneumonia, and vaccinating your child will help protect you, your family and friends, some of whom may be more vulnerable.

“No injection is needed, children are given a painless nasal spray, which is easy to have.  Getting them vaccinated is better than your child having flu, and the nasal spray has been given to millions of children worldwide, and has an excellent safety record.  Finally, getting your child vaccinated against flu can help you to avoid the costs incurred if you have to take time off work or arrange alternative childcare to look after a sick child with flu.”

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/child-flu

 

Published 28/09/2020

Lincolnshire CCG