Brought to you by the HSE National Immunisation Office
It’s that time of year when sniffly noses and sore throats start appearing.
We all know the importance of checking out symptoms in this day and age. With that in mind, we wanted to hammer home how crucial (and simple) it is to get your children vaccinated against the flu this season. So, why is this vaccination so important to you and your family?
Did you know that your child is twice as likely to get the flu then you? And there can be serious ramifications, your child may develop pneumonia, bronchitis and painful ear infections. Almost 5000 children in Ireland were hospitalised with flu in the last 10 years and 40 children died.
By getting your kids vaccinated you’re not only protecting your whole family but you’re also protecting the wider community from flu. If your kids are vaccinated this season it will also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s been an unprecedented year and what constitutes as “normal” is very different for many, but by getting the flu vaccine you’re giving your kids the best chance to stay healthy and continue to do the things they love, like attend school, play with their friends and just lead normal lives. For teens in particular, they’ve missed so much outdoor activity and sporting events, the last thing we want to see is them missing out again in 2021.
The Government are also hoping to reduce the burden on our healthcare system and have invested in 600,000 doses of the children’s nasal spray vaccine in order to do this.
It’s so simple to book one too, the appointment is free and you can just call up your GP or local pharmacy today for more information. The nasal spray flu vaccine is completely painless (literally just a squirt up the nose) and is available for all healthy 2-17 year olds.
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