Flu vaccine to given to local P6 pupils next month: PHA

NOW that autumn is underway the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding parents of primary six children who are in the first phase of the childhood flu programme to avail of the flu vaccine.

This year the vaccine will be offered to school year primary six as well as children aged two and three years. The vaccine will help protect children against flu and reduce its spread.

School nurses will be administering the flu vaccine to primary six children at schools from the beginning of October.

Dr Richard Smithson, Consultant in Health Protection, 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. “We encourage parents and guardians of primary six children to get their child vaccinated.

Most children will receive the vaccine via a quick and painless nasal spray. The nasal vaccine is being used because it has been shown to provide greater protection for children than the flu injection.