Wirral parents encouraged to get 2 and 3 year olds vaccinated before flu season hits
Winter is well and truly here, which means flu season will soon make its way to Wirral.
Parents of 2 and 3 year olds are being urged to book their child’s free vaccination before November to improve their chances of staying flu free. And for most children there’s no needle, just a quick and easy nasal spray.
According to Public Health England children, especially 2 and 3 year olds are known as ‘super spreaders’ of the virus. Once a child has the flu, it’s common for the whole family, schoolfriends and others to get it too.
Vaccinating 2 and 3 year olds is a key priority for Wirral this year as figures around last year’s uptake show a drop compared to the previous year.
The average uptake for flu jabs in GP practices across Wirral in 2018/19 for two year olds sits at 40.4%, while for three year old’s it’s 45.8%. Although these figures are greater than the regional and national average, they give health officials pause for concern.
Cllr Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health said, “For many people flu is an unpleasant illness but for small children especially it can be really nasty – especially given how likely children are to pass it on to their parents, siblings or older vulnerable relatives.
“Once again this year, 2 and 3 year olds are eligible for a free, quick and easy vaccine in more locations than ever so I would encourage all parents to protect themselves and their little ones against this potentially deadly virus.”
The best time to have a flu vaccine is before the end of November, but don't worry if you can't fit it in, you can have the vaccine later in winter.
To book your child’s free flu vaccine, contact your GP today or visit nhs.uk/fluvaccine for more information.