Over 47,000 children from 160 schools across Liverpool will be offered the nasal flu vaccine to protect them against the deadly virus.
All Primary school and Year 7 children will receive a consent form, letter and flu information leaflet from school on their return next week to take part in the national campaign, which is delivered locally by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Nikki Wilinski, vaccination and immunisation lead for Mersey Care explained: “Flu can be an unpleasant illness and can cause serious complications. Vaccinating your child will also help protect more vulnerable family and friends by preventing the spread of flu. With Coronavirus in circulation, it’s more important than ever to reduce the number of those becoming ill with flu this winter to help protect them and the NHS.”
The vaccine is delivered via a simple mist spray squirted up the nose. It is painless, very quick, and serious side effects are uncommon. It is also specifically designed to provide protection for children against flu.
“By having the flu vaccination, children are also less likely to pass the virus on to friends and family,” explained Nikki. “This will help to protect those who are at greater risk from flu including babies, older people and those with an underlying health condition.”
The flu vaccine develops annually to provide protection against strains that are predicted to circulate in the coming season. They may change from year to year, which is why a vaccination is recommended every 12 months.
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Further information about the childhood Flu Campaign can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx