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Children should get flu vaccination to protect grandparents at Christmas

 

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Children should get flu vaccination to protect grandparents at Christmas

With less than a month until Christmas, the NHS has appealed to parents to take up the free flu vaccination for children to curb infection over the holiday season when family get-togethers spread the infection, putting grandparents and other vulnerable relatives at risk.

The NHS has dramatically expanded free flu vaccinations this year to cover children in school year 4 and care home workers for the first time. However fewer than one in five school age children, 18%, has had the nasal spray immunisation, according to the latest figures.