Public Health Derbyshire have asked us to share the following information about vaccinations for pre school children and for pregnant women.
Flu vaccines to help keep you and your family well this winter
Information for parents and carers
Having a flu vaccine if you are eligible and able to have it, is an important way to help protect yourself, your family and those you have contact with from flu infection. It is expected there will be high levels of flu germs circulating this year so, it is particularly important to take up the offer of a vaccine. This will help reduce the risk of illness within your family.
GP’s will again be inviting all 2- and 3-year-old children to have a flu vaccination. This vaccination, like all other routine childhood vaccinations is free, so you do not need to pay.
To help parents/carers make an informed decision and understand the facts about why having their child vaccinated against flu is important, it would be helpful to display the following poster Flu: 5 reasons to get your child vaccinated (publishing.service.gov.uk)
If a parent/carer would like more information the following resource may be helpful to share Protecting your child against flu; Information for parents and carers (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Information is also available in different formats and languages are available here Flu vaccination for children: leaflets and posters - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For more general information about which adults and children are eligible for the flu vaccine and why the following resource may be helpful
Information for Pregnant women
For any parents/carers and staff that are pregnant, please encourage them to look at https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/vaccinations/
Vaccines are available to help to protect both mother and baby. Complications from infection are more likely in pregnancy, as those who are pregnant are not able to fight off infection easily. More information is available in The flu vaccination. Who should have it and why. Winter 2022 to 2023 (publishing.service.gov.uk)
If there are any queries about the information above please speak to your GP or other healthcare professionals who support you.
Public Health Derbyshire – Health Protection team