All primary school children will be offered the flu vaccine for the first time, ahead of what is expected to be a difficult outbreak this winter. Officials have expanded the vaccination programme to include all Year Six children, meaning an extra 600,000 children could be protected. Health leaders have repeatedly raised fears that the NHS faces a difficult flu season due to an unprecedented outbreak that has rocked Australia. Public Health England chiefs did not say the roll-out to children aged 10 and 11 was prompted over concerns of a similar situation in the UK this winter. Instead, it warned schoolchildren act as ‘super spreaders’ of flu and said uptake of the vaccine among youngsters is well below the target of 65 per cent. Children are given the vaccine in the form of a nasal spray by healthcare workers at school, with the consent of their parents. All primary school children will be offered the flu vaccine for the first time, ahead of what is expected to be a difficult outbreak this winter. Almost 293,000 flu cases have been recorded in Australia so far in 2019, with the outbreak beginning to take hold in March Last winter more than 4million primary… Read full this story
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