Flu vaccination for Primary Six pupils to start in October

Flu vaccine nasal spray
Flu vaccine nasal spray

A MAJOR flu-vaccination programme for Primary Six pupils across Mid Ulster and the rest of Northern Ireland will begin in October.

The Public Health Agency [PHA] say the vaccine will be offered to school year primary six as well as children aged two and three years.

The vaccine - which be administered by school nurses - will help protect children against flu and reduce its spread.

Dr Richard Smithson, from the PHA said: “Primary six children will be arriving home with a consent form, so make sure you complete it and return it to school. Having the vaccine is the best way to protect your child from the flu.

“The flu virus spreads easily and quickly through the air when people cough and sneeze without covering their nose and mouth, infecting both adults and children alike. Flu can cause the same unpleasant symptoms in children as it does with adults. These symptoms can last between two and seven days and can cause disruption for the whole family, with children missing school and parents having to stay home to care for sick children.”

The PHA say most children will receive the vaccine via a quick and painless nasal spray.

For more information about the flu vaccine for 2013/14, visit www.fluawareni.info, or speak to your GP/nurse or member of staff within the school nurse team at your local Health and Social Care Trust.