A quarter of nasal spray vaccines ordered for children before the flu season have been postponed, said Public Health England (PHE). AstraZeneca said around a quarter of his batches arriving in November were delayed because some routine tests would have to be repeated.
Some schools would have to reschedule the scheduled vaccination sessions in mid-November, PHE said.
That did not tell you how many schools or children were likely affected.
Children most at risk, eg. For example, asthmatics should consult their family doctor if the school session is delayed, PHE advised.
Laurent Abuaf, Country AstraZeneca UK President said, "We recognize the importance of providing the NHS with a complete stock of vaccines and are doing everything we can to minimize delays in these affected batches
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"As part of our normal product release, we need to repeat some tests before releasing any part of our vaccine offer can be delivered.
"It is of paramount importance that all bats complete the testing process before they can be delivered, and we are working to achieve this as soon as possible.
" We are committed to working with Public Health England and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) to support the earliest possible delivery of the entire nasal spray vaccine needed for the NHS Seasonal Influenza vaccination program. "
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunization at Public Health England, said," We are working with AstraZeneca and NHS England and Improvement to ensure that all eligible children receive their flu vaccine as soon as possible.
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"Children who are underlying diseases that make them more susceptible to the flu are given priority by family doctors."
The bulk of the flu vaccine has already been provided to primary care physicians and schools, PHE said.
The flu vaccine is the best form of prevention against the flu.
However, if you or your child is suffering from the flu, there are ways to prevent the spread of the disease.
How do you know if you have flu?
The following symptoms are related to the disease:
- Sudden fever ̵
- Sore body
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Sleep Disorders
- Lack of appetite
- Diarrhea or abdominal pain
- Nausea and nausea may be ill
Children may also experience pain in the ear and appear to be less active.
Treatment of the flu
The flu can be treated at home with rest and sleep Treat pain and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
A pharmacist can also give you five treatment instructions.
If you get a sudden chest pain, difficulty breathing or start coughing up blood, call 999 or go to A & E.