News from the office of Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham
Wednesday 2nd November 2016
For Immediate Publication
Parents across Wrexham are being urged to get their children vaccinated against flu this winter.
Children between the ages of 2 and 7 are entitled to the vaccination free of charge.
Flu can have a serious effect on children and Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths is encouraging parents to ensure their children are protected from catching and spreading this potentially severe disease.
In Wales in recent years, children and adults have been admitted to hospital and intensive care units with flu.
The flu immunisation programme offers a simple nasal spray vaccine for children aged 2-7 to help protect them from catching flu or spreading it to the people around them. It is most effective if given before flu starts to circulate. For two and three year old children the vaccine will be given at their local GP surgery, and for children in reception class and school years one, two and three, it will be given by the school nursing service at their school.
The nurses will require consent from parents before administering the vaccine to any child.
In addition to children, there are other eligible groups strongly advised to get vaccinated such as those aged 65 and over, or those with serious long-term health conditions. Vaccines are available free of charge to those eligible throughout Wales with many local community pharmacies able to administer the jab, along with general practitioners.
Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said:
“Young children are particularly at risk from flu. The virus is easily spread and can especially effect children as their immune systems are still developing.”
“However, children can be protected by a simple nasal spray vaccination which is quick, safe and completely pain free. Also, for the first time this year, all seven year olds are included in the flu vaccination programme.”
“I recently received my flu jab from a community pharmacist and would encourage parents and local residents to take advantage of the NHS flu vaccination this winter.”