Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust offers additional flu clinics for primary aged children to combat early arrival of flu season

Posted: December 17 2019

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust offers additional flu clinics for primary aged children to combat early arrival of flu season

Hertfordshire school age children getting immunised against the flu virus

Click on this image above to hear why parents across Hertfordshire have decided to get their free nasal spray immunisation for their children. The kids also tell us just how simple and pain-free the process is - just a simple "tickle" up the nose! 

According to Public Health England, hospitalisation due to flu is currently ten times higher nationally, than in the same week last year, suggesting that the flu season has arrived more than a month early.

Hear from HCT's Deputy chair, former GP and Public Health Consultant, Linda Sheridan why people should be getting their flu immunisation here.

As a direct result of the early arrival of the flu season Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (which looks after flu-immunisation among primary school-aged children), is offering additional flu immunisation clinics across Hertfordshire (in conjunction with Vaccination UK).

This is a child-friendly immunisation programme, involving a painless nasal spray and is hoped will go some way to address the earlier arrival of the flu season, offering young people greater protection. In summary:

  1. The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
  2. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
  3. Children aged 2 and 3 will be given the vaccination at their general practice, usually by the practice nurse.
  4. This free offer applies to all Primary School Children
  5. It will lower the public health impact of flu by providing direct protection thus preventing a large number of cases of flu infection in children, and providing indirect protection by lowering flu transmission from children: to other children, to adults and to those in the clinical risk groups of any age
  6. Helps to reduce flu transmission in the community so averting many cases of severe flu and flu-related deaths in older adults and people with clinical risk factors
  7. Annual administration of flu vaccine to children is expected to substantially reduce flu-related illness, GP consultations, hospital admissions and deaths

 These extra clinics are found below and will be administered in conjunction with Vaccination UK:

Date Area Time Venue Address
Saturday 28 December St Albans 10AM - 12PM Elm Consulting Room 24 Hall Place Gardens, St Albans, AL1 3SF
Saturday 28 December Hertford 10AM - 12PM Millbridge Meeting Room The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PX
Monday 30 December Watford 10AM - 12PM Meriden Centre Garsmouth Way, Watford, WD25 9ET
Monday 30 December hitchin 10AM - 12PM Vaccination UK No.5 Portmill Lane, Hitchin, SG5 1DJ
Friday 3 January St Albans 10AM - 12PM Elm Consulting Room 24 Hall Place Gardens, St Albans, AL1 3SF
Friday 3 January Watford 10AM - 12PM Meriden Centre Garsmouth Way, Watford, WD25 9ET
Friday 3 January Hertford 10AM - 12PM Millbridge Meeting Room The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PX
Friday 3 January Hitchin 1PM - 3PM Vaccination UK No.5 Portmill Lane, Hitchin, SG5 1DJ

 

For any enquiries about HCT's Hertfordshire School Age Immunisation Flu Service (SAIS) call 01462 341173 or email the team here.

If you are a journalist or media representative requiring further information contact our communications team on (01707) 388148 or via communications@hct.nhs.uk