Did you know that healthy children under the age of 5 are more likely to have to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other age group? On the 31st October 2019, The Hive will be running a spooktastic Children’s flu clinic. Come on down to join our Halloween fun, staff will be dressed as friendly spooks in a bid to tackle the dreaded flu. If you have a child aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019 – that is, children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2017 or child with long-term health conditions.
Please call or email us to book an appointment
The children’s flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Children at higher risk from flu
Children with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, serious heart conditions, underlying neurological problems and kidney or liver disease, are at higher risk from flu.
They’re more likely to get severely ill if they catch flu and it could make their existing condition worse. This means it’s especially important that they’re vaccinated.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they’ll be offered an injected flu vaccine.
This is because the nasal spray is not licensed for children under the age of 2.
Some children over the age of 2 who are in a high-risk group will also need to have an injected vaccine if the vaccine is not suitable for them.
What are the side effects of the flu vaccine for children?
The nasal spray flu vaccine has few side effects, most commonly getting a runny nose after the vaccination for a few days.
For more information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/