Primary school children aged between four and eight in Blackburn with Darwen are invited to take part in a drawing competition to design a flu hero.
As part of a major drive to protect families from flu, NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a campaign to encourage parents and guardians to vaccinate their children against flu.
Dr Preeti Shukla, a GP in Blackburn and a clinical lead at the CCG, said: “For us, it’s really important we involve the very people we are trying to protect, and that is pupils aged between four and eight who are part of the school vaccination programme.
“Flu is a very nasty illness and can cause severe complications and hospitalisation not only in children but in the more vulnerable members of their families or communities.
“We would like to ask our little local children to design us a flu hero that can zap away these nasty bugs. The flu hero can be anything they wish to take inspiration from be it a person, animal, alien, whatever they think a hero looks like. The winning design would be used on our social media channels, website and other campaign materials to raise awareness of the seriousness of flu. In addition, we would like the consent of the child’s parent or guardian to feature their child and the winning design.”
An invitation has gone out to all primary school headteachers in Blackburn with Darwen particularly targeting pupils in years one, two, three and four but the competition is open to children of other ages.
Entries should be sent to NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, Fusion House, Evolution Park, Haslingden Road, Blackburn BB1 2FD. Closing date is Friday 10 November.