Final chance for your child to receive their free flu vaccination

 

A final round of extra flu clinics for children in Reception to Year 4 have been put in place for those who missed having theirs at school.

The first clinic will take place at Upton Hospital Fir Tree House, Slough, on Saturday 27 January, followed by a second clinic at King Edward Hospital, Windsor, on Monday 29th January. The third and final clinic will take place at Skimped Hill Health Centre, Bracknell, on Tuesday 30th January 2018

To book into one of these clinics, please call 01753 636 799 or email
bks-tr.SchoolimmunisationTeam@nhs.net

Thousands of children have already received their free flu nasal spray to help protect them and others. However, some may have missed the opportunity to have theirs done so these extra clinics provide the ideal opportunity for parents to bring along their children to be vaccinated.

The vaccination is free and painless. It is not an injection, but a quick and easy nasal spray.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can often last several days. Some children can get a very high fever, sometimes without the usual flu symptoms, and may need to go to hospital for treatment. Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia.

East Berkshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Associate Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety, Jo Greengrass said: “Children can become very poorly if they catch flu impacting on the wider family, as parents/carers may have to take time off work to look after them.

“Protecting your child can also stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu.”
It is important to get your child vaccinated even if they had the flu vaccination last year. The flu vaccine provides protection against the strains of flu that are likely to circulate this year and which may be different from last year.