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Protect your children from rising flu cases this autumn

Protect your children from rising flu cases this autumn

School nurse with young boy

The district’s School Immunisations team is urging parents of primary school-aged children to make sure they get their flu vaccination this year.

The service is sharing important reasons why families should ensure their children get vaccinated, not least to protect children and young people from catching the flu and developing serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

It is likely the NHS will see a higher number of flu cases this year, so it’s important we strengthen protection over the autumn and winter months when the spread of viruses like the flu is easier, with the most vulnerable at greater risk of getting seriously ill.

The flu vaccination is given through a simple nasal spray, which is painless and easy to have. Some children may develop mild cold-like symptoms in the days after, but it will mean they are protected against catching the flu this year.

The nasal spray is the most effective protection for children; it has been given to millions worldwide and has an excellent safety record. Any children who may be nervous of being vaccinated can be booked into a clinic outside of school time to attend with their parents. The team is also offering the flu injection at these clinics for those who cannot have the nasal spray.

Saiqa Kauser, Clinical Manager for Immunisations at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Not only will the flu vaccination protect our children from catching flu, but it will also help to prevent it’s spread and therefore protect our family members and friends who may be more vulnerable.

“The number of flu cases has been lower in the past two years, but now with schools back in full swing it’s important we protect as many people as possible from both the flu and COVID-19, which we can do with vaccinations.”

The flu vaccination will be offered to children from reception to year six. Parents should look out for information coming through school, informing them of how to fill in the online consent form so that their child can be vaccinated.

For more information, contact the School Immunisation team on 01274 221269 or visit the Bradford School Immunisations team webpage.

Local school children with School Immunisations team