‘Experts have advised the government that all children should be given annual flu vaccine shots in schools. The advice, given as part of a consultation on preventable disease, said that is would raise immunity in the crowded environment of schools, and therefore in the wider community. It was claimed that the expense of undertaking such a massive vaccination program, would be balanced by the savings from not having to treat cases of flu. The treatment of seasonal flu is often rest, fluids and paracetamol or ibuprofen, a very cheap over the counter remedy. Anti-viral medicine is only considered for those with previous health problems such as a weakened immune system.
The vaccinations were recommended to be of the nasal spray type, as this is considered much safer and effective than injections, and that all children from the ages of five to seventeen should be included. The vaccinations would need to start in 2014 to allow for the acquisition of stocks for the first wave.’