Letters, text messages and emails are being sent to parents and guardians across the Black Country and West Birmingham this week, inviting them to book their child’s flu vaccine.

Children will receive the vaccine through a nasal spray into each nostril. It is quick and painless, and is the best available protection against flu.

Flu is caused by the influenza virus; as well as being highly infectious, the virus can cause serious illnesses in children, such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

Those who receive a letter, text or email from the NHS should book an appointment for their child with their registered GP practice.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for BCWB CCG, said: “The flu virus is a highly infectious respiratory virus that can spread very quickly among children.

“Vaccinating your child will not only help protect them from getting flu but also prevent it from spreading to other children, as well as vulnerable family members and friends.

“The vaccine is quick and painless, and is proven to be extremely effective against flu. I would encourage anyone who has received their invite to make an appointment with their GP practice to get their child vaccinated as soon as possible.”

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