When news happens, text KENEWS and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Cumbria youngsters offered new flu vaccine
6:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
ALL primary school aged children in Cumbria are being offered a nasal spray vaccine to protect them from flu as part of a new pilot scheme this winter.
Cumbria has been chosen as an area able to offer this vaccination to all healthy primary school-aged children in Cumbria or who are registered with aCumbrian GP.
The vaccination is available via a number of pharmacies and GP surgeries 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 complications like pneumonia and bronchitis.
“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 help to reduce the spread of flu and so protect many others in the at-risk groups.”
The nasal spray vaccine is one of the vaccination programmes being introduced by Public Health England in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England.
Comments are closed on this article.