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Children's Stop Flu Party

A fun-filled party to get Torquay’s youngsters immunised against flu this winter has been organised by local GPs.
 
Hundreds of children aged between two and four are invited to the Children’s Stop Flu Party, where there will be entertainment, educational stalls and the opportunity for the children to be immunised.
 
The event has been organised by Torquay GP practices, and the immunisation is a simple nasal spray given by a member of the practice team. There are no injections.
 
GPs have stressed the importance of children being immunised, because some can develop a very high fever or complications, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle-ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally a child might die from flu.
 
For children with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or lung disease, getting flu can be very serious because they are more at risk of developing serious complications.
 
Dr Sarah Rowe, a GP at the Chilcote Practice, has organised the Children’s Stop Flu Party, which will be at Living Coasts on Torquay harbourside.
 
Sarah said: “Flu is a serious illness in young children. It can spread rapidly in the preschool and school environment, so it’s important that children are immunised.
 
“The nasal spray used for children of this age won’t cause the child any stress or discomfort and is totally safe.
 
“It is effective in protecting young children, and it reduces the chance of the child’s family catching it too. This is particularly important if there are any elderly people in the home.
 
“It would be great to have as many children as possible at the Children’s Stop Flu Party. As well as the obvious health benefits, there will be a lot of health information and all sorts of fun.”
 
Among the attractions at the party will be face-painting, glitter tattoos, Living Coasts mascots, and more.
 
The Children’s Stop Flu Party will be at Living Coasts on Saturday October 17, between 10am-2pm.