Immunising pre-school children against flu

Dear Early Years Providers,

This year’s flu vaccination programme is underway.  Children aged 2 and 3 years old (on 31 August before flu vaccination starts in the autumn) are eligible for a free flu vaccine given as a nasal spray. 

Bristol Early Years encourages all early year’s providers and schools to share the Flu Immunisation leaflets and information with families, and to encourage parents and carers to take their child for a flu immunisation in half term where appropriate.

Annual vaccination of children helps provide protection to each child and reduces the spread of flu to their families and the wider community, protecting others who are at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from flu. The flu vaccine also promotes a healthy working environment in nurseries and childcare settings by reducing the risk of flu being spread to others including staff.

A leaflet for early years providers giving information about the programme is available and it includes details about how to order free resources to display or give to parents including translations in multiple languages. 

Many thanks,

Early Years Service

Education and Skills Directorate

Contacts

Nicola Theobald – (General and Nursery School Enquiries)

Deborah Brown – (General Enquiries)

Dawn Butler – (General Enquiries)

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