School children in Chester ‘fight flu’
An NHS Trust in west Cheshire partnered with local schools to develop ‘flu stickers’ to raise awareness of the importance of having the flu vaccine.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has been running sessions for young children in Years 1, 2 and 3 in local schools to start discussions around reasons for the flu vaccine, germ management and the importance of washing and drying hands correctly to prevent the spread of bugs.
The sessions also had the children creating their own ‘flu bug stickers’ which were issued to those who had their vaccine. The designs will be included on promotional posters and leaflets and sent to other schools to encourage children to get their vaccinations.
Matthew Clarke, participation and engagement worker for CWP’s 5-19 Service, said: “The children were very excited about being involved in the creation of the flu bug sticker designs and were even more excited to know that children in other schools would get to see their designs. The sessions were creative and informative and I really think we got the message across of the importance of having the flu vaccine and managing germs.”
He added: “The children said the sessions were ‘really good’ and that they want to get involved again next year!”
CWP were officially named as the provider to deliver a new Starting Well 0-19 Service back in May 2017. Commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) the service aims to improve the outcomes of children and young people in west Cheshire and the official launch is set for January 2018.
Children, young people, their families, carers and schools are currently being invited to help shape and develop the new service in partnership with CWP. If you would like to express your interest in getting involved, please contact the CWP Communications and Engagement Team on 01244 397400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.