Protect your child against influenza – it needs to be every year and does not give you influenza

Protect your child against influenza – it needs to be every year and does not give you influenza

Protect you and your baby by having your influenza vaccination. It’s the best way to help avoid influenza and the serious related complications it can cause to you and your baby.

It’s free because you need it, however many months pregnant you are and however fit and healthy you might feel.


What should I do?

Book an appointment with your GP today.


What about your children?

The nasal spray flu vaccine is is available from your GP and it’s free for all healthy two- and three-year-olds.

Children attending primary school will be offered the nasal spray whilst they are in school and you will have been contacted.

Children from 6 months with a long term health condition, such as a respiratory or neurological condition or receiving treatment that weakens their immune system, such as chemotherapy are entitled for free vaccine. Contact your GP.

The flu vaccine is generally given as an injection to children aged six months to two years and as a nasal spray to children aged 2 to 17 years who have a long-term health condition.

The flu vaccine isn’t suitable for babies under the age of six months.

The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Vaccinating your child will help protect more vulnerable family and friends

It’s better than having flu. The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record


What should I do?

Contact your GP if your child was aged two or three years old (on the 31 August of the current flu season) and you haven’t heard from their GP by early November. If your child is at primary school, the school will send you a consent form. Please sign and return it.

If your child has a health condition that puts them at greater risk from flu, they can get the flu vaccine from their GP.

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