Flu can be an extremely unpleasant illness in children, with those under the age of 5 being more likely to be hospitalised due to flu than any other age group. Vaccinating children helps to protect them in the first instance, so that they can stay in school and parents don’t have to take time off work to look after them. A free flu vaccine is offered to all primary school-aged children and this year this has been extended to include some secondary-aged children. If your child has a chronic condition or is aged 2 to 3, you should book their flu vaccination with your GP.
Flu is caused by a virus; it can be a very unpleasant illness for children and lead to serious problems, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The children’s flu vaccine is safe and effective. It’s offered every year as a nasal spray to children to help protect them against flu. If you have any questions about vaccinations, you can contact your GP or read this helpful page from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/
Vaccines are the most effective way to protect you and your child from many serious and potentially deadly diseases; they prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year. Vaccinating children against flu also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.