More than 120 children aged up to 15 were admitted to our hospitals for flu or flu-related illnesses between January 2015 and January 2020.
Reasons for coming into hospital ranged from flu itself with respiratory (breathing) problems and infections to pneumonia, fever and even sepsis.
Flu is a nasty virus that spreads easily through droplets when people talk, sneeze and cough.
It couldn’t spread like normal last winter because lockdowns and other restrictions kept people apart. That’s not the case now.
Most children will recover from flu at home. But it can be very serious for some, especially those who have other health problems.
No vaccine is 100% effective BUT the free flu nasal spray vaccine is the best way to protect children.
It means children are less likely to catch the flu and, if they still do, it’s likely they won’t become as unwell as they would have if they hadn’t had the vaccine.
The nasal spray vaccine:
•is better at getting a child’s immune system ready to fight the real thing, which is why it is used.
•is easy to have – just a tiny squirt of liquid up each nostril.
•is designed so it cannot give children the flu.
•has been used around the world since 2003 and has a good safety record.
How can children get it?
Two and three year olds and children deemed at-risk due to health reasons will be invited by their GP surgery.
Primary and most comprehensive pupils will be vaccinated in school.
Drive through catch-up vaccines for those who were absent from school when vaccinators visited are also available every Saturday and Sunday up to and including December 19th at the former Covid testing facility at Longlands Lane Playing Fields in Margam, SA13 2NR. No appointment needed.