Flu vaccinations - information for parents

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Flu vaccinations for 2-3-year-olds, school-age children (reception to year 11) and children in clinical risk groups are being prioritised this year in order to prevent infections ahead of this winter’s flu season. The vaccination is a nasal spray and will be made available earlier this year in September.  Children with certain long-term health conditions, such as diabetes or heart problems, are at higher risk from flu so it is very important that they're vaccinated.

Children aged 2 and 3 years will be given the nasal spray at their GP practice, usually by the practice nurse.

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, extreme tiredness, aching muscles and joints, stuffy nose, dry cough, and sore throat. Complications of flu can include acute bronchitis, painful ear infections, and pneumonia. Some children may need to go to hospital for treatment, including intensive care. Having the flu nasal spray is the best protection for your family this winter. The spray is quick and painless.

Flu vaccines do not work well in babies under 6 months of age so it is not recommended. This is why it is so important that pregnant women have the vaccination – they will pass on some immunity to their baby that will protect them during the early months of their life. 

School-aged children

Children at primary and secondary school (up to year 11) will be offered the flu nasal spray. Immunisation nurses will come to your child’s school. Please complete the online consent form you will receive through your school. If your child is not at school on the day the vaccination is given, you will be able to book an appointment with a nurse at a later date.

www.nhs.uk has more information on children and flu vaccination. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/

Protect your child against flu – information for parents and carers of children in primary school or pre-school

Protect yourself against flu – information for those in secondary school