The BBC reports that children should be given the flu vaccine before Christmas to prevent them putting older relatives at risk of infection, NHS bosses have warned.
Doctors say the virus can spread more easily at schools and nurseries, which puts grandparents and others at risk of getting ill over the festive season.
Dr Paul Cosford, Public Health England’s medical director said the vaccine was “quick, easy and painless”.
The children’s flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
Children aged two and three are able to get the vaccine free on the NHS, via GP practices. An expansion of the scheme means children in reception class and primary school years one, two, three and four are also all eligible for the vaccine.
Dr Cosford, Public Health England’s medical director, said flu causes 8,000 deaths a year in England and Wales.
Prof Keith Willett, NHS England’s medical director for acute care, said children were “super-spreaders” and the flu season “traditionally reaches its peak” at Christmas.
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