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Protect your child this winter with a simple vaccine

Children aged two, three and four years old across Nottingham are being offered the nasal spray flu vaccine Fluenz Tetra.

The needle-free Fluenz vaccine is a simple, painless nasal spray that protects children against many strains of the flu virus. Introduced last year for healthy two and three year olds, the vaccine has been used safely and effectively in the USA for more than 10 years.

This year the NHS has rolled out the nasal spray to four year olds, as well as some secondary school children in Years 7 and 8, who have also been offered the vaccine as part of a pilot scheme in selected schools.

Dr Safiy Karim, Clinical Lead at NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP at Lime Tree Surgery, said: “Flu can be very unpleasant for children. Some children develop a very high fever or complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and in serious cases, a child may die from flu.

“The vaccine is the best possible protection against the flu virus. The nasal spray is quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they do come into contact with the flu virus.”

Parents or carers of children aged two, three and four should have already been contacted by their GP about getting their child vaccinated. If you haven’t heard anything yet, or you would like more information about how your child will be vaccinated against flu, talk to your GP or practice nurse.

Published: 16 December 2014