Young children to benefit from flu funding boost

According to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, the £250 million the Government has pledged to tackle the perennial flu problem will be used to protect some of the UK's youngest children against the disease.

  • Two and three year olds in England will be offered flu vaccinations as part of the new initiative to tackle winter health problems.
  • GPs will administer a single dose nasal spray to toddlers alongside the annual campaign to vaccinate Britain's elderly and vulnerable.
  • The nasal spray flu vaccine is also for children aged two to 18 who are 'at risk' from flu, such as children with long-term health conditions.

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'£250 million' to fight flu

The Government has pledged an extra £250 million to help fight the flu, on the condition NHS trusts prove three quarters of their workforce has already had the flue jab. The money will be used to give flu jabs to children.