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Who is the flu vaccine given to?
It’s given in schools by our immunisation nurses, it is offered to all children from reception to year 5.
How is the flu vaccine given?
It is given as a nasal spray, there’s no needles, just a small squirt up both nostrils. It is quick, painless and works even better than the injected flu vaccine. The vaccine is absorbed very quickly. It will still work even if, after the vaccination, your child develops a runny nose, sneezes or blows their nose.
What if my child isn’t at school?
If you’re child isn’t at school, but is the right age to receive the vaccine, you will be written to separately.
Should all children have the flu vaccine?
All children can have the flu vaccine, not just those with health conditions. The flu vaccine is safe for children if they do have a health condition such as diabetes, asthma or heart problems. The flu vaccine isn’t recommended for very few children. For more information on who it is not recommended for please visit the NHS website.
What are the ingredients in the nasal flu vaccine?
Information on ingredients is available here.
Are you pregnant?
If you are pregnant these tips may be useful to help you stay well over winter:
- The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu.
- The flu jab is free if you are pregnant.
- Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. You may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill as a result of flu.
- Flu immunisation can take place however many months pregnant you are and however fit and healthy you might feel.
Do you have a young child?
- For children aged 2-3, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.
- Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family.
- The flu vaccine can help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of flu spreading to others.
- Children who get flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.