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The illness that put 10,000 children in hospital last winter - and how to avoid it

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One illness caused 10,000 children to end up in hospital last winter - and NHS leaders are warning that families should take up one crucial way of avoiding it.

Flu rebounded last winter after being kept low since March 2020 by Covid-19 control measures. Nationally, over 10,000 children were hospitalised last winter due to the flu.

Preliminary analysis by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) found that deaths linked to flu last winter were the highest since 2017-18.

Vaccination effectiveness data from last year showed that the vaccines reduced the risk of hospitalisations by two thirds. Join our WhatsApp Top Stories and, Breaking News group by clicking this link The annual NHS flu vaccination programme for children aged two to three, school-age children and children over six months with certain health conditions is now underway in the region.

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