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Throughout December, parents and carers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to make sure their children are protected against flu.

MPFT's School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS), who are the primary provider of immunisations within the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area for primary and adolescent school children are offering the flu clinics to all school aged children, including those that are home educated and in special education schools who haven’t been able to have their immunisation in school.

Matthew Missen, Public Health Registrar for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board said: “Christmas is a time when people come together with family, friends and loved ones and often in one household.

“Therefore, it’s important that we try and prevent the spread of flu to people who may be more vulnerable, such as elderly grandparents and prevent children from becoming really unwell.”

The clinics are available on the following dates, and can be booked via appointment only:

  • Barton-under-Needwood Fire Station, DE13 8LB - Saturday 9 December, 9.30am-3pm
  • Sandyford Fire Station, ST6 5ED - Saturday 9 December, 9.30am-3pm
  • Rising Brook Health Centre, Stafford, ST17 9LY - Wednesday 20 December, 10am-6pm
  • Tamworth Rugby Club, B79 8ED - Wednesday 20 December, 3pm-7pm
  • Meir Matters Hub, ST3 7DJ - Wednesday 20 December, 3pm-6pm
  • Leek Moorlands Hospital, Room 10, ST13 5BQ - Thursday 21 December, 10am-5pm
  • Smallthorne Health Centre, ST6 1SA - Thursday 21 December, 9.30am-3pm

To book a clinic appointment on any of the above dates, parents and carers can call the service on 0300 124 0366.

Phone lines are open from 8.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Kate Cox, Head of Children’s Universal Services for MPFT added: “The flu vaccination is the best defence we have against catching and spreading the virus, and with winter now well and truly here it’s important to stay protected. The team will be out and about across the county ensuring as many children as possible are able to receive the vaccine to enable them, their family and friends to remain flu safe."

For more information, visit the School Age Immunisation Service's web page - School Age Immunisation Service : Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (