FROM NHS ENGLAND AND PUBLIC HEALTH:
As flu is starting to circulate: Parents urged to get their children vaccinated
Parents across the North West are being urged to get their children vaccinated against flu.
All healthy children aged 2, 3 and 4 are eligible to have free flu vaccinations as part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign.
Dr Dan Seddon, Screening & Immunisation Lead for Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire said:
“Flu can be far more dangerous than parents realise and of course, when they get it, they tend to spread it around the whole family. Every year, thousands of children get sick and it is not uncommon for them to be admitted to hospital.
“Children with flu are “super spreaders” of the virus, however, children can have a simple nasal spray vaccine that protects them and stops them spreading the flu virus. For children aged 2, 3 and 4 year old, the nasal spray is given at your GP practice. For children aged 5, 6 and 7 years old, they are offered the nasal spray at their school.
“We’re now seeing an increase in flu across the North West and we urge parents to get the free vaccination if they haven’t already done so. It’s not too late.
“Ask your GP about the free flu vaccine for your 2, 3 or 4 year old”.
Flu can be horrible for little children; they have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.
Children are most likely to spread flu to others, so targeting them helps protect the wider community too. It is estimated that several million people get flu each winter, leading to more than 2,000 NHS intensive care admissions across the UK last year. Reducing transmission by children can potentially help cut the number of GP appointments and unplanned admissions for children and adults, reducing winter pressures on the NHS. The programme will be extended gradually to older age groups in primary school in future years.
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There are 2 separate Practices based at Heald Green Health Centre:
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Between them the practices provide care to over 12,500 patients between them in Heald Green and the surrounding areas and the adjoining borders of Cheadle Hulme, Styal and Gatley.
The doctors and nurses at both practices take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. Both practices offer a full general practice service and run clinics specialising in Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Family Planning, Asthma and Hypertension. In addition they also hold Smear, Well Person, Child Health/Immunisation, Medication Review, Blood and Travel clinics.
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