Help protect your child from flu

With winter fast approaching, coughs, colds and flu are already circulating. NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging parents of children aged two and three, as well as those in reception class school years one to four, to make sure their child has their flu nasal spray.

The nasal spray vaccination is given by squirting a single dose of up each nostril and is available free on the NHS. It is quick, effective and painless.

Dr Chris Tower, a GP at Davyhulme Medical Centre and Associate Clinical Director at Trafford CCG, said: “Flu can be horrible for little ones and if they get it, they can easily spread it around the whole family. They suffer the same symptoms as adults including fever, chills and aching muscles.  Some children may develop complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection which could need hospital treatment.

We know that children easily spread germs. Vaccinating your child will not only protect them but also help to reduce the chance of flu spreading to others, especially anyone who is vulnerable, such as babies, older people, expectant mums and people with serious long-term illnesses.”

If you have a younger child you should have already been contacted by your GP about getting your child vaccinated before winter sets in.

If you have not heard anything, or you want more information about when and how your child will be vaccinated against flu, please talk to your GP, practice nurse or local pharmacist.

For more information on how to stay well this winter please visit: www.nhs.uk/staywell.