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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 chest or ear infections.

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Who can have the vaccine?

Our School Nurses will be offering the immunisation to 33,000 children in school years 1 and 2 with dates of birth between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010.

This is part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

It will cover all infant and primary schools in Hampshire (excluding those in Portsmouth and Southampton) and also children who are home educated. Parents will be getting information packs through schools.

School Nurses will offer the vaccine in schools, whilst GPs will be offering vaccines for younger children (in reception year and younger).

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.

Children with long-term health conditions

Children or young people with long-term health conditions such as asthma and 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

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