Cumbria primary school children to be offered nasal spray flu vaccine (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Cumbria primary school children to be offered nasal spray flu vaccine
9:43am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
ALL primary school aged children in Cumbria are being offered a nasal spray flu vaccine to protect them from flu as part of a new pilot scheme this winter.
Cumbria has been chosen as one of only a few areas who are able to offer this vaccination to all healthy primary school aged children who live in Cumbria or who are registered with a Cumbrian GP.
The vaccination is available via a number of pharmacies and GP surgeries across Cumbria and parents of children eligible for the vaccine will receive a letter informing them about the new programme and encouraging them to take up this offer.
Dr Jane Rossini, Centre Director for the Public Health England Cumbria & Lancashire Centre, said: “Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and can last for several days – flu can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia and bronchitis which need hospital treatment.
“We would urge parents of primary school aged children in Cumbria to take up the offer and protect their child this winter.”
“The vaccine will protect healthy children from flu, but will also help to reduce the spread of flu and thus protect many others, such as younger siblings, grandparents and those in the at risk groups.”
The introduction of the nasal spray flu vaccine is one of a number of new or amended vaccination programmes being introduced by Public Health England this year, in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England.
In addition to the pilots, the annual seasonal flu programme is continuing as usual. Children who are in a clinical at risk group are already offered vaccination as part of this programme.
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