Flu is a highly contagious virus that anyone can catch, and it can be a really serious illness for some people
Children are ‘super spreaders’ of flu who, as well as often becoming very ill themselves, pass it on to their families, friends and the wider community.
As we rapidly approach Winter, it’s important to take action to ensure your family stays well over the season. That’s why we’re urging the parents of two- and three-year-olds to help their little ones avoid flu this winter by taking them for their free nasal flu vaccinations.
To try and protect against this, the NHS is making its nasal spray vaccination available free locally to children aged 2-4 years, as well as primary school age children, who should receive their vaccine at school.
It’s quick, effective and painless, and to make it as easy as possible for busy parents to get their little ones protected, we’ve launched a ‘Fluathon’ across Nottingham this Winter!
While GP Practices often hold flu clinics at this time of year, this year some practices in Nottingham are holding special Fluathon clinics at the weekends in an effort to get everyone who’s eligible for a free jab vaccinated before flu season really takes hold!
Even if your GP isn’t running a weekend clinic, parents can book to have the spray at another time.
While the Fluathon’s focus is to vaccinate two-and three-year-olds, anyone in the ‘at risk’ groups are welcome to get their jab! After all, the aim is to get as many people protected against flu as possible!
‘At risk’ groups are:
• Children aged 2-4
• Primary school children (Primary School children will mostly get vaccinated at school.
• People living with a long-term condition
• Over 65s
• Pregnant women
Sonali Kinra, GP at Hucknall Road Medical Practice, says:
“The festive period sees friends and families, young and old, getting together to celebrate heightening the risk of spreading the flu virus.
“The elderly are particularly vulnerable, while the young children are considered ‘super spreaders’ of flu- due to the ease and speed of them contracting and passing the virus. The vaccine is considered the best protection against flu. Vaccinating your child will not only protect them, but will also help reduce the chance of flu spreading to others.
“This is especially important for the more vulnerable members of our communities, such as babies, older people, pregnant women and people with serious long-term illnesses, even ones that are well-managed.”
If your GP isn’t holding a Fluathon clinic, they should contact you directly about getting your child vaccinated before winter.
If you don’t hear anything or you want more information about when and how your child will be vaccinated against flu, please talk to your GP or practice nurse or look out for their Fluathon clinics!