PARENTS of Barnsley's youngsters have been urged to take advantage of free flu vaccinations as the winter draws closer.

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults including fever, chills and aching muscles.

The free flu vaccine for children is a nasal spray which is quick, effective and painless. The vaccine is available for children from their doctor's surgery.

The free NHS flu vaccination programme is also available for pregnant women, under 65s with a long-term health condition, over 65s and registered carers.

Dr Nick Balac, GP and chair of NHS Barnsley CCG, said: "If you’re eligible for a free flu vaccination, it’s because you need it. I would advise people to speak to their doctor or midwife today.

"We understand that a lot of people don’t have time to get to their doctor's surgery so, if you're over 18, you can also get your free vaccination from a number of local chemists."