Protect your child from Flu this Winter

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can last several days or more.

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This year, the flu vaccine is available FREE to:

  • children aged two and three years
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • children with a health condition that puts them at greater risk of flu

The vaccine is usually given as a nasal spray meaning it is completely pain free. Children aged two and three years old will be given the vaccination at their general practice usually by the practice nurse. Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4, will have the vaccination in school.

Having the vaccine will help protect your child from what can be a very nasty illness. It may also reduce the chance of others in your family, who could be at greater risk from flu, such as grandparents or those with long-term health conditions, getting flu from your child.

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For more information about the flu vaccine for children please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-leaflets-and-posters where you will find the leaflet ‘Protecting your child against flu’.

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