Parents urged to get children vaccinated

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(Last Updated On: January 5, 2020)

The NHS in Devon is reminding parents to book flu vaccination appointments for their children, this winter.

Over the past few weeks reported cases of Influenza have risen and this follows the latest report from Public Health England which shows that at the end of November, only 33% of eligible two and three years had been vaccinated.

Devon parents, Louise and Jamie are once again supporting the take-up campaign to encourage parents to vaccinate their children. Their involvement follows the tragic loss of their son Coby, from flu, in 2018.

Community clinics are being scheduled for school age children who missed their initial school appointment for a nasal flu spray. Parents who would like to book a flu vaccination should call 0300 2470082 to arrange an appointment.

In addition, pre-school children and children who are at-risk are also eligible for a free vaccination. Parents should contact their local pharmacy or GP practice for more details.

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!