- Flu can be horrible for young children and they can easily pass it on to those around them who could be vulnerable – even if they don’t show any symptoms.
- The free flu nasal spray is the best way to protect your child and can prevent the spread of the virus.
- 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. Call NHS 111 if you are worried about your child’s symptoms.
- Vaccinating children can protect both them and those around them who are at high risk of serious complications if they get flu.
- For most children the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick painless nasal spray.
- Social distancing and safety measures are in place in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when giving the vaccine.
Where to get vaccinated
Most healthy children will get vaccinated at school. So look out for your child’s consent form from their school and sign and return it to ensure they get their free flu nasal spray.
If your child has a long-term health condition, such as asthma, then you may want to book them in at your GP practice to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.
We understand that many parents do not want their child to have the nasal spray for religious or philosophical reasons and we are taking steps to make the injectable vaccine available to these families. However as vaccine supplies are limited, we have to vaccinate children who have a long-term health condition and are vulnerable to flu are vaccinated first.
If your child has a long-term condition such as asthma or diabetes then you can book in at their GP practice to get an injectable vaccine as soon as possible to ensure your child is protected from flu.
If your child does not have a long-term condition they will be vaccinated in school by Intrahealth. When you complete their consent form you need to refuse the nasal spray vaccine on religious and philosophical grounds and request an injected vaccine. IntraHealth will contact you, from November onwards, to arrange for the child to have an injected vaccine either at school or at a separate clinic in a community venue.