Cumbria to pilot nasal spray flu vaccine for children
Last updated at 14:04, Tuesday, 24 September 2013
All primary school children in Cumbria will be offered a pioneering free flu vaccine this winter for the first time.
The county is one of a handful of areas chosen to take part in a national pilot – using a nasal spray instead of a needle.
The Government announced today it is launching the additional vaccine for children in a bid to stop the spread of winter flu through communities.
It means all healthy children of primary school age living in Cumbria will be able to receive the vaccine through GP practices and pharmacies.
Parents of those eligible will soon receive a letter informing them about the new programme and encouraging them to take up the offer.
The vaccine, called Fluenz, allows them to get protected without an injection.
Dr Jane Rossini, from Public Health England, Cumbria & Lancashire Centre, said: “The vaccine will protect healthy children from flu, but will also help to reduce the spread of flu and protect many others, such as younger siblings, grandparents and those in the at-risk groups.
“Symptoms can be very unpleasant and can last for several days – and flu can lead to more serious complications like pneumonia and bronchitis which need hospital treatment.
“We would urge parents of primary school aged children in Cumbria to take up the offer and protect their child this winter.”
The introduction of the nasal vaccine is one of a number of new or amended vaccination programmes being introduced by Public Health England this year, in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England.
Cumbria is one of seven pilot areas to be selected nationally. The others are Gateshead, Bury, Leicester, Newham, South East Essex and Havering.
Each will trial a different way of giving the vaccine, ahead of a national scheme for all two to 16-year-olds being launched next winter.
In addition to the pilots, the annual seasonal flu programme is continuing as usual.
Children who are in a clinical at risk group – such as those with long-term conditions like asthma – are already offered vaccination as part of this programme.
First published at 14:03, Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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As with everything in life, there's risk. Having a vaccination is far less risky than getting the disease it protects against.
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