A government-backed health body is urging Asian parents to vaccinate their children against the flu, as a new campaign to raise awareness among families and high-risk groups gets under way.

Public Health England (PHE)–which is a Department of Health initiative–is calling on parents to immunise their children this winter, amid the launch of the largest-ever child vaccination programme.

This year, children in year three will be offered the jab alongside two to four-year-olds and kids in year one and two. This means that 600,000 more little boys and girls could receive the jab than in previous years.

According to figures released by PHE, 13 per cent of parents have never given the vaccination a thought and a third think that flu is just a severe cold.

Figures also show that just under half of all pregnant women got immunised last year.
 

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