One quarter of nasal spray vaccines ordered for children before the flu season have slowed down, Public Health England (PHE) reported. AstraZeneca said about a quarter of its batches, which are due to arrive in November, have been delayed due to the need to repeat some routine tests.
Some schools will have to reschedule vaccination sessions scheduled for mid-November, PHE said.
tell how many schools or children are likely to be affected.
Children who are most at risk, such as those with asthma, should see their GP if their school session is delayed, PHE advises.
Laurent Abouaf, President-in-Office at AstraZeneca UK, said: "We are aware of the importance of delivering a complete NHS vaccine delivery and are doing our best to minimize the delay in these affected batches.
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"As part of our normal product release process, we need to repeat some tests before some of our vaccine can be released and delivered.
"It is of paramount importance that we complete the testing process before it can be delivered and we work as quickly as possible to achieve this.
"We are committed to partnering with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSC) to support the earliest possible delivery of all nasal spray vaccines required for the NHS Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program . "
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunization at Public Health England, says:" We are working with AstraZeneca and NHS England and Improvement to ensure that all children eligible for the flu vaccine soon.
"Children who have underlying medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the flu will be prioritized first by GPs."
Most of the flu vaccine is already provided to GPs and schools, PHE said.
Flu vaccine is the best form of flu prevention.
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How do you know if you have the flu?
The following symptoms are associated with the disease:
- Sudden fever ̵
- sick body
- feeling tired or exhausted
- dry cough
- sore throat
- ] difficulty falling asleep
- loss of appetite
- diarrhea or abdominal pain
- feeling sick and sick
Children may also get ear pain and appear less active.
How to cure flu
Flu can be treated at home with rest and sleep, keeping warm, taking paracetamol or ibuprofen for lower temperatures, and treating pain and pain and drinking lots of water to help avoid dehydration.
A pharmacist can also make five treatment tips.
If you develop sudden chest pain, have difficulty breathing, or start coughing up blood, call 999 or go to A&E.