Here is an announcement from Public Health England about the seasonal flu campaign.
- Childminders and all early years workers are asked to make parents aware that all children aged two and three years old are eligible for a flu vaccination in the form of a nasal spray. The vaccination protects the child and helps to protect other members of the family.
- Parents get this vaccination through their GP – the nasal spray is usually administered through the practice nurse. Vaccinations need to be given between October and December to be effective.
- The flu vaccine contains gelatine (derived from pigs) so it may not be suitable for some faith groups.
- Children in school from reception to year 4 will also be offered the flue vaccination this autumn. The vaccination will take place in school.
- Children younger than 2 years old and older than 6 months who have serious health conditions, should have an annual flu vaccination – serious health conditions such as; severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe kidney or liver disease, diabetes, suppressed immunity or problems with the spleen.
- Protect yourself and your children by washing hands regularly with soap and warn water, cover the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing and put tissues in a bin as soon as possible. Regularly clean table surfaces and door handles.
- Anyone with flu should avoid contact with other people until they are fully recovered.
The Childminding Support Team