Flu can be very serious for young children - even healthy children can become extremely ill. It's important to make sure your children have their flu vaccine every year.
Help protect your child- The flu vaccine helps protect your child against the flu virus and reduces the spread of infection to other children and adults. The vaccine doesn't cause flu. Flu's very infectious and can be serious. For children with some pre-existing medical conditions, flu can be very serious because they're more at risk of complications from flu. Severe flu cases are very rare but can lead to hospitalisation.
Children aged 2-5 years old
Children aged 2-5 years (and not yet in school) should get their flu vaccine at their GP practice. The flu vaccine helps protect your child against flu and reduces the chance of them spreading the virus to others. The flu vaccine's given as a quick and painless nasal (nose) spray, it isn't an injection.
Find out more by visiting - NHS Inform - Child flu vaccine 2-5 years old
Primary school children
All primary school children are being offered the nasal vaccine in school between October and December. If your child has a health condition they're also offered the vaccine in school and no longer need to get it from your GP. The flu vaccine helps protect your child against flu and reduces the chance of them spreading the virus to others. The flu vaccine's given as a quick and painless nasal (nose) spray, it isn't an injection.
Get serious about flu. Fill in and return the consent form that your child brings home from school.
Guidance for completing the consent form can be found here - consent form guidance from NHS Inform