Schoolchildren to be vaccinated against flu virus

PUBLISHED: 10:18 11 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:18 11 October 2019

Children in reception up to year six are eligible for the free vaccine.

Children in reception up to year six are eligible for the free vaccine.

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Flu vaccinations are being given to schoolchildren across North Somerset.

Children in reception up to year six are eligible for the free vaccine.Children in reception up to year six are eligible for the free vaccine.

The immunisation programme is being carried out by North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) and Sirona care and health.

Parents and carers are encouraged to fill in the permission forms and return them to school.

Pupils from reception up to year six are eligible for the vaccine, which is administered as a nasal spray.

Students up to the age of 17 who attend special schools are also eligible.

Sue Hoyles, immunisation nurse with the NSCP, said: "The flu vaccination is really important for young children, who are more susceptible to the virus.

"Flu can make children very ill and in extreme cases death is possible.

"By vaccinating their child, parents are offering the best possible protection.

"Receiving the flu vaccine has historically reduced sickness levels in schools and workplaces."


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