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Online campaign to protect Craven children from flu

Online campaign to protect Craven children from flu

Published by Harry Long at 11:51am 17th September 2019. (Updated at 9:00am 18th September 2019)

Parents across Craven with pre-school and primary school aged children are being urged to make sure they've had an annual flu vaccination.  

  • The campaign is being fronted by a media pharmacist based in Bradford.  
  • All primary school children are eligible for the free annual flu vaccine.
  • Health workers in the are want to see as many children as possible protected.  

The online campaign is fronted by Abraham Khodadi, a media pharmacist based in Bradford.  

All primary school children are eligible for the free annual flu vaccine as part of a national school vaccination programme. Two and three-year-olds, and children not in this age group but who have a long term health condition will be invited to have their flu vaccination by their GP.

Flu is a common infection in children, and as well as being unpleasant, it can be very serious; leading to bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. Health professionals are keen to see as many children as possible in the District protected from flu.

Primary schools across the District are in the process of sending out letters of consent for the annual vaccination programme, however, there are concerns that some children are missing out on the vaccine because the necessary consent forms are not being completed and returned.

Pharmacist Abraham Khodadi said:

“I am passionate about making sure people in the Bradford District get the information they need to stay healthy and live their lives to the full. The flu vaccination is safe and effective and helps to protect children from what can be a serious infection.’

Toni Williams, public health consultant for Bradford Council, said:

“We know that many parents want their children to be protected from flu, however, last year a number of children were unable to receive the flu vaccine because the consent form was not fully completed, or because it wasn’t returned to the school. This year we want to make sure that no child misses out on getting vaccinated.  Flu can be very serious in children, this is why we are urging parents to make sure that they complete the consent form and return this to school.”