Public health experts say “super-spreader” children should get flu vaccination to protect grandparents during winter

During winter months there's an increase in respiratory illnesses including flu, health experts are urging parents to make sure their 2 and 3 year olds have their flu vaccination.

Public health experts  say “super-spreader” children should get flu vaccination to protect grandparents during winter

This year all 2 and 3-year-olds in Stockport have been offered the free nasal flu spray vaccination from their GP.

Dr David Baxter, Public Health Consultant at Stockport Council said:

“Small children are ‘super spreaders’ of flu, passing it easily to their families and into the wider community. The evidence proves that having children vaccinated against flu with a simple nasal spray is the key to stopping the spread of the virus further and faster. Latest figures show that 57% of Stockport’s 2/3 year olds have had their vaccination, however to really make an impact and reduce the risk of a flu outbreak we need many, many more to be vaccinated.”

For further information, see https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/parent-of-a-2-or-3-year-old#sdCJssqkyJAHyy8p.97

Contact your GP today to book the nasal flu vaccination for your 2 and 3 Year olds.

There are five reasons to vaccinate your children against the flu:

  1. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
  2. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
  3. Flu can be really serious, especially for children with medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes
  4. If your child gets flu you may have to take time off to look after them
  5. Protecting your child can stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu

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