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Major childhood flu vaccination programme

Published: Thursday, 4 September, 2014 - 11:16

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is today launching phase two of its childhood flu vaccination programme which will see immunisation being offered to pre-school children aged two years and over, and all primary school children. This will help protect against the disease and reduce spread. 

Today’s launch comes after children in primary six and two and three year olds were offered the vaccine last year as part of phase one.

Seasonal flu rates remain low

Published: Thursday, 23 January, 2014 - 17:58

Influenza (commonly referred to as 'seasonal flu') is a respiratory illness associated with infection by influenza virus. Seasonal flu is made up of several strains including H1N1 (swine flu). This year’s seasonal flu vaccines include protection against H1N1. The strains circulating this year include H1N1 and this strain has already been found in small numbers of people in Northern Ireland, and as such is not unusual. At this point in the year seasonal flu rates remain low compared to previous years. Most people recover quickly from flu, usually within five to eight days.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Flusurvey

Published: Thursday, 14 November, 2013 - 14:26
In 2012-2013, the highest rates of flu were reported in the under-18 age group. In order to help control and lower the impact of flu, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine want to understand who is most likely to be infected. This year is particularly important as it is the beginning of the roll out of flu vaccinations for children. Flusurvey are asking the public, but in particular teachers and students to complete the survey between November 2013 and March 2014 to help them find out how flu spreads and give recommendations for keeping the public healthy.

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