Flu jabs expected to be given to children starting in 2014

It is expected that after 2014, children in the UK are going to be given flu vaccinations in the winter. This is going to be given in the form of a nasal spray and it is expected that it could save around 2000 lives in the country every year. It is not the children who are at danger from developing complications due to the flu, but they are carriers of it and they could take it home and pass it on to elderly people, who could suffer complications and die.

The government has estimated that by vaccinating children, they are not going to be able to carry the disease, and therefore less old people are going to get sick. Estimates say could prevent around 11,000 hospital admissions and around 2000 deaths every year.

This scheme is going to start in 2014 and it is going to see every child aged between two years old and 17 years old given a nasal spray vaccination. Schoolchildren are going to be given the vaccination at school, where as younger children are going to have to visit their GP in order to receive it.

It is estimated that this increased vaccination policy could reduce a person’s rate of infection by around 40 percent. Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, has accepted the recommendation which has come out of the Joint Committee on vaccination and Immunisation and has decided to put it into policy.

Currently only people aged over 65, have a serious medical condition, or are pregnant are given the flu jab before the winter. This increased vaccination policy is going to mean that the UK is one of the first countries in the world to implement seasonal flu jabs for children. It is expected that the additional vaccinations are going to cost the NHS £100 million per year.