Has your young child received their free flu vaccination? Plan ahead and book it now.

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Local health chiefs at East Staffordshire CCG are keen for children aged 2-3 to get their free flu vaccination without delay. Young children are at increased risk from the effects of flu, along with people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, carers and those with long term health conditions. It’s free for these groups of people because they need it.

The flu vaccine for children is not an injection; it’s just a quick nasal spray. Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family.

Dr Charles Pidsley at East Staffordshire CCG said, “Children who get flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.”

Don’t put off it off. Ask your GP about the free flu vaccine for your child now.

There are lots of other ways to Stay Well This Winter:

  • Get advice from a pharmacist at the first sign of a winter illness, before it gets more serious.
  • Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start, as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays. Also stock up your medicine cabinet with general supplies to help get you and your family through the winter season. Ask your pharmacist for advice.
  • Keep warm both inside and outdoors to help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.
  • Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours who might be struggling in the cold weather or icy conditions.

Find out more about keeping yourself and others safe and well this winter at www.nhs.uk/staywell or for information about services available in East Staffordshire visit www.eaststaffsccg.nhs.uk