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Parents urged to get children vaccinated

Protect your family from illness this winter, that is the message from Public Health England.

Experts say that children aged two, three and four are known as ‘superspreaders’ because they are more likely to infect lots of people.

We all know young children spread germs easily, partly because they tend to have a greater contact with others.

Children up to the age of four may not cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing or wash their hands as regularly as an adult.

They are still learning about basic hygiene.

Large outbreaks of flu are common within nurseries and primary schools.

How many bugs have you caught from your toddler?

More than two million two to four year olds are eligible for the free nasal spray.

According to the latest government figures, only one in four of the age group are being given the spray, to help them fight off infection.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies has expressed concern over the figures saying: “Flu can be really nasty for toddlers”.

She added: “Toddlers also spread the virus easily and often pass flu to grandparents and other relatives who can become very ill, fast”.

“Giving two, three and four-year-olds the free nasal spray really is in everyone’s interests if you want to help avoid a miserable winter for all the family.”

Flu is unpleasant for us all with symptoms, such as a sore throat, aching muscles and extreme tiredness affecting adults and children.

The illness can also leave some of us bed-bound and can sometimes lead to complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

There are no needles involved, the nasal spray is a quick and an easy way of helping to prevent preschool children from catching flu

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