More catch up clinics to protect children against flu

Published: 15 December 2016

A second series of drop-in clinics is being held in Balham and Clapham Junction to help make sure as many Wandsworth schoolchildren as possible are inoculated against flu.

The borough’s community immunisation team have been in borough schools vaccinating children in years 1, 2 and 3. The catch-up sessions are for people who want their children to get the vaccine, but who missed the school sessions.

Clinics will be held every Wednesday between now and January 18 from 3pm to 6.30pn  at St John’s Therapy Centre, 162 St John’s Hill, SW11, 1SW. Go to entrance A, and then the first floor reception.

Clinics will be held every Saturday (except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) until January 21 at Balham Health Centre, 120 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HS from 9am to noon.

An appointment is not necessary, but there may be a wait. Please do not attend if you are already booked in for a school session.

These sessions are only for children in years 1, 2 and 3. Children in reception years and pre-school children from age 2 can get their flu vaccine at their GP practice.

Young children, like other at-risk groups, are very vulnerable to flu. Children are also more likely to spread flu to others, so protecting children from flu helps you to protect your whole family and the wider community.

Because the flu virus changes from year to year, children should be vaccinated every year. The children’s flu vaccination comes in the form of a nasal spray.

This is part of a wider push by the council’s public health team to encourage all vulnerable groups, including the over-65s and people with long-term health conditions, to get the flu jab.

Find out more about the flu vaccine at