Different flu vaccine will be given to group

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A FLU vaccine that was only available to certain groups is now being offered to more people.

A nasal spray that was previously given by the NHS to people over 65 and certain groups at risk, will now be given to 62,000 two to three-year-olds as the weather begins to change.

The spray provides children with better protection and is quick, safe and painless.

It is being brought in following advice from the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation which advises UK health departments.

Clare Simpson, consultant in public health for NHS England (Wessex) said: ‘Flu is a serious illness and the extension of the flu vaccination programme will protect those children who receive the vaccine and will help to protect against the spread of flu.

‘The vaccine offers excellent protection against those types of flu virus that are most likely to be circulating each winter.

‘By vaccinating this group of children we will also be lowering the amount of virus circulating in the community helping to protect those most vulnerable to flu.’

For more information on flu vaccinations visit nhs.uk