Flu can be very unpleasant for children causing fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week.
However children are also more at risk of developing serious complications from flu including bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections.
This is especially true for children with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or lung disease.
Flu tends to spread between children quite easily.
To help combat this, this year all children aged two, three and four years old, plus children in school years one and two, will be offered the annual flu vaccine as a nasal spray.
This vaccination programme will help protect vulnerable children and may also reduce the amount of time off school thorough illness.
Derbyshire Community Health Services will be delivering the vaccination, in schools, to children in years one and two from October onwards.
Children aged two, three and four can receive their vaccination through their GP’s surgery.
We will notify parents of the dates for our children as soon as the school nurse contacts us!
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