A surgery has agreed to provide a couple with a premature baby with flu jabs – after a clinical mix-up.
David Eggleton of Sandy and his partner had appealed for the jabs as their son Toby was born 12 weeks early – and would be at high risk if either parent were to catch the flu.
David, of Laburnum Road, said: “Because Toby was born prematurely, he is immunosuppressant, and he is at risk of getting a serious chest infection caused by respiratory syncytial virus.”
Sandy Health Centre had refused to provide the jabs despite advice from the Lister Hospital where Toby was born, as the couple are not in one of the prescribed ‘at risk’ groups.
But they have since changed their stance.
A spokesman for the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Sandy Health Centre has confirmed that the Lister Hospital has now recommended that the couple should receive a flu vaccination and has invited them to attend a vaccination clinic.
“Flu vaccines are available on the NHS for people in the’ at risk’ category - this includes people over 65 and their carers, toddlers aged two and three, and people with certain medical conditions.”