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Childhood flu immunisation

Flu can be very unpleasant for children and for adults. Children have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. Some children can develop complications such as a chest or ear infections.

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Who can have the vaccine?

In the autumn/winter of 2016/17 the annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for children aged two to eight years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.  In Hampshire children aged 5-8 years in school years 1, 2 and 3 will be offered the childhood influenza vaccine in school. Children aged 2-5 years will be offered the vaccine through GP practices.

How is it given?

The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.

It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.

How can I get this immunisation?

If your child is in school years 1, 2 or 3 consent forms and information will be sent home through school around 3 weeks before the session. Please complete the consent form and return it to school as soon as possible even if you do not wish your child to receive the immunisation. If your child is home educated you will receive a consent form and information through the Education Inclusion Service. If you would like to discuss this further please contact Child Health Information Services on 02380 294403 who will put you through to a School Nurse. 

Children with long-term health conditions

Children or young people with long-term health conditions such as diabetes are more likely to have complications following flu. These children and young people are all eligible for a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or Practice Nurse for more information.