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Council urges parents to vaccinate children against flu

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02 November 2017

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Get your kids vaccinated against the flu this winter and help protect vulnerable members of the community from the condition.

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Enfield Council is urging parents to have their children vaccinated against flu this winter.
 
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills and aching muscles and in some cases more serious consequences such as pneumonia. All children up to school year 4 are eligible for a free flu vaccine.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “It’s a really good idea for parents to get their children vaccinated against the flu.

"We want to build a Healthy Enfield with strong communities where everyone plays their part and takes sensible precautions against sickness and disease and this is a simple way to potentially save lives and help us stop the spread of a nasty condition.
 
“No one wants their child to be poorly and if they do get the flu you may have to take time off work to care for them or arrange alternative childcare.

"The vaccine really is the best way to protect your kids from a really nasty health condition and also help prevent the spread of the flu to other vulnerable people in the community such as their grandparents.”
 
The vaccine is applied through a harmless nasal spray and will protect youngsters from catching the flu and developing more serious complications, including pneumonia and bronchitis, as well as helping to protect more vulnerable members of society by limiting its spread.  
 
Children are known as ‘super spreaders’ of the flu virus because they can’t control their symptoms as well as adults. This can affect your elderly relatives or those family members whose immunity may be compromised.
 
Youngsters aged two and three can receive their vaccination through their GP surgery. If parents haven’t heard from them by early November, they should contact them directly to make an appointment.
 
Pupils in Reception and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be offered the vaccine for free in school by the dedicated Children’s Immunisation Team. Schools will provide information and a consent form to parents which will need to be signed and returned to ensure children are allowed to have the vaccine.
 
For more information and details of flu vaccination eligibility for other age groups visit the NHS website.