Thousands of school children to be offered flu vaccination

Around 50,000 school children across Doncaster, North Lincolnshire and Bassetlaw will be offered a free vaccination this winter in school or community clinics in a bid to stamp out the flu.

The National Healthy Child Flu Vaccination programme is now in its 5th year  and the vaccine is being offered to all children from reception to Year 6. Evidence indicates that the flu vaccine has been effective at reducing flu within this age group, which then reduces the spread of infection across the community.

Parents are once again being urged to take up the offer of protecting their child.

The vaccinations, which are given via a nasal spray, will be carried out by nurses who work for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), and will start this month (October).

The breakdown of children eligible for vaccination  is:

  • Doncaster 27,000
  • North Lincolnshire  14,000
  • Bassetlaw 9,000

Sarah Thompson, RDaSH’s vaccination team clinical lead, said: “Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children and some can develop serious complications. The nasal spray is painless and easy for children to have. It is proving to be very effective at reducing the incidence of flu in our community and by offering the flu vaccination to as many children as possible, we help to protect both children and their families in time for winter.”

Any parents or guardians wanting further information about the flu immunisation programme for children in these areas should contact the team on 01302 566776.

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