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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.

For the first time, children in Year 7 will also be offered the vaccination, alongside children aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2020, children in primary school, and any child aged 6 months plus with an underlying health condition.

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Children under the age of 5 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.

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.

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“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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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You can keep it no to vacinations


Some lovely ingredients in a vaccine Aluminum
Egg protein
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Aborted human fetal tissue

Last edited 21 days ago by Bob

Ya really want that stuff inside you or your kids


Rather have that inside my kid than a dead kid!
Not that I believe for a minute that some of that is in these vaccinations

Last edited 21 days ago by Heckythump

If you think its right putting all them poisons in your child you crack on make sure you get it as well


You can check it out its available for all to see just need to open your eyes and maybe do some research.


https://www.publichealth.org they list whats in a vacine and thats just mmr

Last edited 20 days ago by Bob
The Cats Paw

Risking children by injecting them with something that they are unlikely to catch, and, if they do, are at low risk from lasting harm may not be the right thing to do. The immune system is boosted by childhood illnesses, and a dead vaccine is not so effective in providing the same reaction as would catching such.
A difficult decision, but think I would avoid such, as it seems pushed ‘more’ to help out the NHS than the poor victim receiving the shot.
Could well be wrong though

Level Phil

Absolutely ridiculous. Little wonder that the frail and elderly struggle to get a flu jab because of shortage of supplies. Incidentally, is Dr. Michelle Legg related to Dr. Harold Legg out of Eastenders in any way?

Sharps the word

Well she is rarely at work in Tower House practicing as her job title atm, so maybe auditioning for a safer job in acting.
My last appointment only saw a junior who honestly looked like a school boy, very pleasant but I prefer experienced staff.

Christopher Davis

There is two ridiculous things:
Firstly all the negative comments are coming from people who do not have the courage of their own conviction and hide behind fake names.
Secondly trying to get an appointment in a medical centre for anything is almost impossible, vaccinations over the internet how does that work?

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