Flu vaccines to be given to Year 1 and 2 pupils across Portsmouth

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ALL Year 1 and 2 school children in Portsmouth are eligible for flu vaccines for the first time as part of the national flu immunisation programme.

The children, aged from five to seven, will get the vaccine from Solent NHS Trust nurses, who will visit primary and infant schools across the city from now until December.

The vaccine comes in the form of a nasal spray, but there are jabs available as an alternative.

Public health programme lead Kate Slater said she was pleased the NHS was now able to offer families the vaccine for youngsters.

She said: ‘Having flu can be a very unpleasant experience for children. It can really hit them hard, as they suffer the same symptoms as adults such as fever, chills and aching muscles.

‘There’s also evidence which suggests that vaccinating children against flu will help to protect other members of your family, such as younger brothers and sisters as well as grandparents who may also be vulnerable to the serious effects of flu.’