20/11/2009 08:26 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Will You Give Your Child The Swine Flu Jab?

Children aged under five are to be given the swine flu jab, it has been announced.

The vaccination programme is to be rolled out to children aged over six months and under five.

So far it has only been given to people in priority groups, including those with health problems such as asthma or diabetes, pregnant women and health workers.

Now apparently all children are to be offered the jab.

However they are not likely to get it until after Christmas as the first wave of vaccinations has not yet been completed.

Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson says there has been a rise in serious illnesses recently among young children that is "causing concern".

He told the BBC: "We consider them to be seriously at risk.

"Parents are standing by intensive care beds in life and death situations.

"We are out to save lives and fight this pandemic all the way."

Under-fives are three times more likely than any other age group to need hospital care if they come down with swine flu.

However a BBC poll has revealed that the Government may have trouble convincing people they should have the vaccination.

A survey of more than 2,000 people showed nearly half had doubts about getting the jab.

They were worried about safety and many thought the virus was mild so it wasn't worth it.

Last week, the death toll from the virus in the UK stood at 182, with 124 deaths in England, 33 in Scotland, 11 in Northern Ireland and 14 in Wales.

I'm pretty sure I'll get my daughter immunised - if she doesn't catch the flu first. She's had one virus after another since September and that's been bad enough without her getting flu as well.

I just hope they get round to vaccinating children quickly enough, otherwise there are going to be a lot of angry parents about.

Will you get your child immunised?

Source: AOL News

Source: BBC