Jump on board the bus for flu vaccination

Parents whose children haven’t had the flu vaccination are being urged to jump on board a bus.

Nurses from our health trust will be on our health bus visiting Doncaster, Retford and Scunthorpe to give the free immunisation to eligible school children.

The National Healthy Child Flu Vaccination programme is in its fifth year and nurses from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) can offer the vaccine to all children in a Doncaster, North Lincolnshire or Bassetlaw school from reception to Year 6. Evidence indicates that the flu vaccine has been effective at reducing flu within this age group, which then reduces the spread of infection across the community.

The immunisations are given via a nasal spray and the vaccination campaign, which started in October, is coming to a close.

Sarah Thompson, RDaSH’s vaccination team clinical lead, said: “Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children and some can develop serious complications. The nasal spray is painless and easy for children to have. It is proving to be very effective at reducing the incidence of flu in our community and by offering the flu vaccination to as many children as possible, we help to protect both children and their families in time for winter.

“We’ve already carried out thousands and thousands of immunisations, so if your child is eligible and not had theirs yet, please call in and see us,” added Sarah. “The immunisation takes minutes.”

The nurses will be on the bus parked at:

  • Morrisons Retford, Idle Valley Road, Retford, DN22 7XD, on January 21.
  • Tesco Extra Gallagher Retail Doncaster Rd, Scunthorpe DN15 8GR, on January 22.
  • Lakeside Shopping Centre, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5PJ on January 23.

All sessions will run from 3.30pm until 5pm.

Why not drop in!

Any parents or guardians wanting further information about flu immunisation should contact the team on 01302 566776.