Parent’s of Children ages 2,3 & 4 will have received by now an invitation to have a Flu Vaccination.
The children’s flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to protect them against flu.
At what age should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?
In the autumn/winter of 2016-17, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged two, three and four on August 31 2016 – that is, children born between September 1 2011 and August 31 2014
- children in school years one, two and three
- in some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine as part of a test programme
- children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions
Over the next few years the programme will be extended gradually to include older children.
Who will give the children’s flu vaccination?
Children aged two, three and four years will be given the vaccination at their general practice, usually by the practice nurse.
Children that are 5 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 4 on the 31 August 2016. These children will also be offered flu vaccination at their general practice as they will not be offered it in reception year at school.