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The flu vaccine for children is an easy-to-take nasal spray, rather than an injection.

People reminded to take up their free flu vaccination

People at increased risk from the effects of the flu are being reminded to take up their free vaccination ahead of the winter months.

The vaccination is being offered to people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions, carers  and children aged two to nine.

Those who are eligible are being urged to take up the offer from their GP or local pharmacy and the earlier they can have it, the better.

Children aged two and three can receive the vaccine as a nasal spray through their GP, while children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive it in school. Parents who have a child who is of the eligible age, are being asked to ensure they sign the consent form allowing them to have the vaccine at school.

Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council said:

“It’s really important that people eligible for a free flu jab take the offer up. And the earlier people can have it the better.

“Getting the flu at any age is not a pleasant experience, but it can be a lot more serious for older people, those with under lying health conditions or young children  who may suffer more if they contract the virus.

“This year a more effective vaccine is also being given to those aged 65 and over, which is proven to give better protection against flu for people of this age.  So, if you’re eligible, please get your flu vaccination as early as you can and protect yourself this winter.

Alan added:

“Nursing teams in schools right across the county are also busy administering the flu vaccine to school pupils, and I hope that as many eligible children as possible take up the vaccine.”

For more information on the free flu vaccination, speak to your local pharmacy, GP or school, or visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine.