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Bucks County Council Early Years recommend the flu vaccine for all 2 and 3 year olds
Flu can be an unpleasant illness and in some cases leads to hospital admissions and some deaths each year. Protecting children from flu will not only protect themselves, but also those around them, who may be particularly vulnerable to the flu.
This year, all children aged 2 and 3 years can have the flu vaccine free of charge from their GP, and it will be given by a painless nasal spray, rather than an injection. All GP surgeries in Buckinghamshire are offering this vaccine, but if you have not yet been contacted about this, then please phone them and make an appointment for your child to receive the vaccine.
All children who have medical conditions like asthma, chronic heart, lung and neurological conditions, diabetes or weakened immune systems, should also have the flu vaccine every year, as they are more likely to be severely affected if they catch flu.
The flu vaccine is offered to all pregnant women, in any stage of pregnancy, to not only protect the woman, but also pass protection to the baby in the first few months of life.
More information can be found at: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/
Dr Lucy Jessop
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Buckinghamshire County Council