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Parents urged by Hampshire GP to have their children vaccinated for flu

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GET your children vaccinated against flu to help reduce its spread in the community, a Hampshire GP has urged.

Dr Tim Cooper, speaking on behalf of the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said parents should sign consent forms for the free inoculation.

The jab protects them and helps to slow the further spread of the virus, Dr Cooper said: "I want to encourage you to get your children vaccinated because the flu is a very common childhood illness and can be really unpleasant for them.

The flu vaccine is a nasal spray (52618035)
The flu vaccine is a nasal spray (52618035)

"Children who are two or three or eligible four-year-olds will be able to have their vaccine done at their GP surgery, while school-aged children will be offered theirs in school.

"The vaccine is a nasal spray – a single spray up each nostril. It’s quick, it’s painless and it’s really easy.

"People think ‘it’s just flu’ but unfortunately it can lead to complications and even hospitalisation which is why it’s important to have the vaccination."

Letters are being sent to parents asking for consent, the CCG said, adding flu viruses are constantly changing which is why people should be vaccinated annually.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness.

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