Importance of school flu vaccinations

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School nurses in south Lincolnshire are encouraging parents to understand the importance of having children vaccinated against flu.

School nurse teams from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) are delivering the nasal spray vaccine to children in years one, two and three (five to seven year olds) as part of the annual flu campaign.

Sarah Packwood, Immunisation Programme Lead at LCHS, said: “Flu can be very unpleasant and the nasal spray will not only help protect your child from the disease, but also help to prevent it from spreading to others.

“Poor hand hygiene and not always using tissues properly mean children can be good at spreading flu. Supporting the childhood flu vaccination programme is a great opportunity to protect families during the winter months.”

The spray is painless and absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if a child has a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose straight after being vaccinated.

Flu symptoms can include fever, aching muscles and joints, extreme tiredness, a stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children may have more serious complications.

Letters and consent forms for the vaccination are being circulated to parents through schools. The flu vaccination programme is already under way and will run until mid-December.

Details of when the school nurses are visiting schools across the county are published at www.lincolnshirehealthyfamilies.nhs.uk/schoolnursing