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All primary pupils in London to be offered flu vaccine

NHS London says 3.2m people in the capital are eligible for free vaccination

Mark Gould

Thursday, 12 December 2019

For the first time, this winter all primary school pupils in London are being offered the flu vaccine – meaning an extra 117,000 children will be protected from the virus.

This takes the number of Londoners eligible for free the flu vaccine to a record 3.2 million people, according to NHS London.

Primary school children will be offered the nasal spray flu vaccine at their school. The schools programme is once again fully underway following a temporary pause in the ordering of the nasal vaccine caused by delays from the manufacturer.

The vaccine is available through school vaccination teams, midwives, general practices and local pharmacies.

Primary school vaccination clinics are being scheduled for as soon as possible but children in high risk groups should visit their GP to ensure that they are protected immediately.

In addition, all children aged 2-3 can have the flu vaccine free of charge at their GP surgery.
Martin Machray, the joint chief nurse for London, is encouraging everyone who is eligible for the flu vaccine to have theirs. “I’d encourage everyone who qualifies for the flu vaccine this autumn to go and have it. It will protect you and your loved ones from getting ill this winter.”

As well as children under 11, patients eligible for a free flu vaccine include, people over 65, pregnant women, those living with a long-term health condition (LTC) or caring for someone with an LTC.

Professor Paul Plant, London regional director at Public Health England, explained: “Flu really shouldn’t be underestimated – every year it makes hundreds of people in London seriously ill, so do get the vaccine if you’re eligible. The nasal spray flu vaccine for children is a simple way to make the winter months a lot easier for families in terms of keeping everyone healthy.”

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