This year, the NHS will make the free nasal spray flu vaccine available to more children than ever before in a major effort to reduce infection nationwide
New survey results, released today, highlight the impact of flu on children and their parents in a drive to increase child flu vaccination through the NHS immunisation programme.
The new results, released by AstraZeneca, which provides the nasal spray for the NHS vaccination programme, highlights the impact of child flu on families, two in five mums surveyed said other members of their family became ill after their child was infected with flu.
To tackle the spread of flu, the NHS is doing more than ever before to ensure that as many children as possible are vaccinated ahead of the winter flu season. An extended vaccination programme will now offer free nasal spray vaccination to all pre-school children aged two and three through primary care (usually through a GP) and to children aged four in reception class. The programme also offers the vaccine to children in primary school years one, two, and three, and for the first time, this year's programme also offers the vaccine to children in school year four.
Gerry & Dave chat to ITV This Morning’s resident doctor, Dr Ranj Singh.