Grab Jab

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Bradford Council and Bradford Council for Mosques are asking parents to make sure their child gets the flu vaccination this year to protect their children and other family members.

The flu season has started and it has been predicted that this year’s flu season could be larger than is typically seen in the UK.

Influenza (flu) is a serious and highly infectious disease caused by a virus. In some cases, it can cause severe complications and it kills thousands of people each year.

After years of campaigning, the NHS is now offering the injectable flu vaccine, free from porcine content, for parents who are concerned about this ingredient.

The nasal spray continues to be the most effective protection against the flu vaccine in children.

Parents of 2 and 3 year-olds should contact their GP for an appointment, as can those with children in Years 12 and 13 with long term health conditions.

School children up to Year 11 will get their vaccination in school if parents return their consent forms.

Bradford Council has produced a children’s flu leaflet for parents explaining the choice.