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CMO and health leaders urge at risk groups to fight flu this season

 

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CMO and health leaders urge at risk groups to fight flu this season

The chief medical officer (CMO), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England are urging people who are offered the flu vaccine, including those who are most at risk, and all 2 and 3 year olds (as of 1 September 2013) to get vaccinated against the virus.

A study published this week by PHE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, found children are key spreaders of the flu virus. Young children aged 2 and 3 will be offered the nasal spray vaccine to protect them against flu. The close contact young children have with each other means they are more likely to transmit the virus to other more vulnerable groups – including infants and older people.