Isle of Wight parents urged to take up offer of free flu vaccination for children

The families of all Year R to Year 7 children are encouraged to ensure their child receives the nasal spray vaccination so they are protected against the flu this autumn

Child having a flu jab

Isle of Wight parents are being urged to take up the offer of having their children vaccinated against flu to reduce the spread of the virus.

As part of the biggest ever flu vaccination campaign, the NHS is encouraging parents to sign the consent forms so their children can have the free inoculation.

Year 7 pupils
For the first time, children in Year 7 will also be offered the vaccination, alongside children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020, children in primary school, and any child aged six months plus with an underlying health condition.

Children under the age of five are more likely to be admitted to hospital due to flu than any other age group.

By vaccinating them, not only does it protect them, it also helps to slow the spread of the virus within the community.

Legg: Flu can lead to complications and even hospitalisation
Dr Michele Legg, GP and chair of NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“I want to encourage you to get your children vaccinated because the flu is a very common childhood illness and can be really unpleasant for them.

“Children who are two or three or eligible four-year-olds will be able to have their vaccine done at their GP surgery, while school children will be offered theirs in school.

“The vaccine is a nasal spray – a single spray up each nostril – it’s quick, it’s painless and it’s really easy.

“People think ‘it’s just flu’ but unfortunately it can lead to complications and even hospitalisation which is why it’s important to have the vaccination.”

Parents will start to see letters asking for consent from this week.

Ardley: Letters are being sent to schools
Jackie Ardley, is chief nurse at Solent NHS Trust, which will be delivering the school vaccination programme across Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight.

She said:

“We are encouraging the families of all Year R to Year 7 children to ensure that their child receives the nasal spray vaccination so that they are protected against the flu this autumn.

“Letters are being sent to schools outlining how our dedicated teams of nurses will be vaccinating children in sessions, as well as offering evening and Saturday clinics.”

Brading: Important we keep our children well and in school
Councillor Paul Brading, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills for Isle of Wight Council, said:

“After the disruption that Coronavirus caused to children’s education, the flu vaccine is going to be more vital than ever to ensure the virus doesn’t spread through our school and homes.

“It’s important we keep our children well and in school so please return your child’s consent forms so we can keep our borough healthy.”

A highly infectious disease
Flu is a highly infectious disease that is spread from person to person and infects the respiratory system, where it can lead to pneumonia and other complications.

The flu viruses are constantly changing and this is one of the main reasons why people should be vaccinated annually.

The symptoms, that come on very quickly, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness.

News shared by Priya on behalf of Isle of Wight CCG. Ed

Image: CDC under CC BY 2.0

Wednesday, 30th September, 2020 4:46pm



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Would be great if the flu jab was available for adults. Yesterday they had a session between 3/5pm at my local pharmacy, people were queued aright around the block. They only have enough flu vaccine to treat a few people, many had to go away unvaccinated.


Before you do vaccinate yourself or your Children watch this.
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To balance the censored view and give you the ability to make INFORMED decisions on CONSENT.


Dr Jim Meehan MD interview . A doctor and former editor of the medical journal “Ocular Immunology and Inflammation”

Phil Jordan
Just for full balance, Jon. Dr. Meehan qualified as an ophthalmologist though is now (it seems) working on other health areas, focussing on creating electronic solutions in the health provision market. He has no expertise or experience in any biomedical fields that are related to vaccine research, including public health, paediatrics, infectious diseases, virology, microbiology, immunology, or epidemiology. His general views on these matters are anti vaccine,… Read more »
Upvoted, thanks for that, below is from ‘md (DOT) com’ . Jim Meehan, Jr., MD is not your typical medical doctor. Before his career in medicine, he was an award winning West Point cadet, medical sales executive, and entrepreneur. He’s also a 5th degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do, NAGA World Jiu Jitsu Champion, and 2013 “Living Legend” inductee into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame.… Read more »

Well, why didn’t you say, “the 5th degree black-belt in Tae Kwon Do” gives so much more credence to his medical views. He probably wears a tinfoil hat too.


lol, I posted the whole of what was on the page, cranium helmet

And the many who go away unvaccinated are the lucky ones. Do whatever they tell you. Believe whatever they tell you. Baa, baa, baa. Would be great if people had a mind of their own and ACTED like adults. Do some research people instead of listening to mummy and daddy state. They would never lie to you would they? For instance, what is in the ‘vaccine’? Er,… Read more »

Wow, a statement from the big chief leader of the tinfoil hat brigade! Never fails to amuse.


so says Dalek with the biggest cranium protector with the thickest skull


I’m sure giant lizards (shape shifting or not) have thicker skulls than humans?


Dalek needs to ventilate his cranium protector, repeat this Dalek “I need to Ventilate, I need to ventilate” in a dalek sounding voice, I doubt it will have any effect other than help with your sense of well-being.


My sense of well-being is just Fine Jon. I don’t need any of your conspiracy theories to improve it. But your baseless rumours and conjectures do amuse me greatly. Keep it up. it makes my day.