Clinical group’s plea to think about vaccine

Parents are being urged to think about getting their children vaccinated against flu this winter.

The Nene Clinical Commissioning Group is aiming to spread the message about the vaccine – which is delivered as a nasal spray and is free to all eligible children aged between two and four.

A spokesman for the CCG said: “Children are much more susceptible to getting ill during the winter months and flu can be extremely nasty.

“The flu vaccine is the best way to protect your children against the virus and takes two weeks to be fully effective.

“Toddlers may spread the flu to elderly relatives who then may go on to develop bronchitis and pneumonia and subsequently end up in A&E taking up valuable beds over the winter period.”

Dr Darin Seiger, GP Chairman of Nene CCG, added: “I can only stress how important it is to have the flu vaccine and that it’s not too late for parents to get their child vaccinated.

“The flu jab is the best way to protect children from getting the flu and suffering with this unpleasant illness.”

For more information about the vaccine, visit www.nhs.uk/flu2014 or contact your GP.