Flu vaccine urge from ministers
The public are being urged by health ministers to have the flu jab despite its ineffectiveness last year. A new flu vaccine is produced each year to try and tackle the predicted strain of the virus that will affect the UK. Last year the vaccine only worked for 3% of the people who came into contact with the virus, compared to the usual 50%. However the government is urging those who are eligible for a free vaccine, such as those over 65, pregnant women and healthcare workers, to take it up as flu cases in the Australian winter are running above average.
Children are being offered a vaccine nasal spray as an alternative to the jab, which health ministers say is the best way to protect children and their relatives from the virus. Primary schools will start offering the spray to young children aged five and six for the first time this year, with the government trying to encourage parents to take up the free offer to help protect themselves and their children.