Flu jab to be given to two and three-year-olds

Two and three-year-olds will be vaccinated against flu for the first time. Credit: PA Wire

Children aged two and three will be vaccinated against flu for the first time in a raft of new Government measures to prevent a winter health crisis.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt presented the step as part of his strategy to help the most vulnerable during the winter months after announcing an ambitious plan to overhaul the way A&E departments cope with increased pressure.

He told reporters that NHS trusts will have to ensure that 75% of all their staff have been vaccinated against flu to gain access to a new £500 million A&E fund next year.

This winter 53 of the most "at risk" A&E departments across the country will have access to the fund to help them provide extra consultant care, improve care for those with long-term conditions and integrate better with social care teams.