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Why do Children Need the Flu Vaccination?
Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:15:06 Europe/London
Flu can affect both children and adults and is a nasty viral infection that can leave you feeling wiped out for weeks. The symptoms of flu include headache, runny nose, sore throat, aching joints, and extreme tiredness. Children may also experience vomiting and diarrhoea when they have flu. Luckily, you can protect your children with the flu vaccine.
NHS Flu Vaccine
Every year, health experts consult on which flu vaccine is likely to be most effective for the coming winter. The vaccine components depend on which strains of flu are most likely to be circulating during the coldest months. Although for most people flu is an unpleasant illness, for some people it can be fatal. The very young, elderly, immunocompromised or those with a serious medical condition are at greatest risk. Having the flu vaccine offers protection not only for the person receiving it but to others in society for whom flu could pose a big problem.
Nasal Flu Vaccine
Children aged two and three are invited for the flu vaccine via the NHS. Children receive the nasal flu vaccine rather than requiring an injectable vaccine, making the experience quicker and pain free.
Flu Vaccine for Kids
Children aged 2 to 17 are eligible for the nasal flu vaccine. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine reduces your risk of getting flu. It will not stop all flu viruses, so vaccination cannot guarantee that you’ll be free from the flu. However, if you do get flu, the infection is likely to be milder than if you or your child had not been vaccinated. If you think that your child requires the flu vaccine, but has not had it for any reason, our pharmacists will be happy to offer advice regarding this.
Travel Vaccinations Epsom
In addition to our flu vaccination service, at Miles Pharmacy, we offer a range of travel vaccinations. Protecting your health before you travel is of paramount importance; from rabies to hepatitis, we can offer advice on travel vaccinations you may need to consider before leaving the UK.
For advice from flu vaccination to travel vaccines, make sure you and your family have fully protected your health this year.
Call Miles Pharmacy for all your health needs today.