Flu nasal vaccinations are starting in schools across Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire but some parents have not yet made up their minds.
Children aged between four and eight years on or before 31 August 2016 are eligible for the free vaccination.
However, some parents, carers and guardians are still undecided about whether to give permission for their children to be vaccinated.
Public Health England has published an informative and useful document called “The children’s flu vaccination programme, the nasal flu vaccine Fluenz and porcine gelatine – Your questions answered”
This document can be found at http://www.blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk/health/child-health/childhood-flu-vaccination/
It addresses issues such as why children need to be vaccinated, why the nasal spray is used and states that the vaccination contains no pork DNA.
Vaccination is also the best way to protect older and more vulnerable family members as children are the main carriers of the virus.
Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health in Blackburn with Darwen, said: “The vaccination has an excellent safety record and is widely used in America and Eurpoe. This year’s is a quadruple vaccine and covers the strain which has recently caused high levels of flu in the southern hemisphere.
“Scientific tests by the manufacturer have shown that the gelatine used is so highly purified that the flu vaccine does not contain any detectable DNA from pigs..
“Having fully informed yourself of the advantages and disadvantages of having or not having your child vaccinated, the decision is yours. If you or your child have any underlying medical conditions that put you at specific risk of flu, please talk to your doctor.”
If you haven’t received a letter, contact your child’s school or your GP practice.
For more information visit http://www.blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk/health/child-health/childhood-flu-vaccination/