The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.
Note: This information is taken directly from the NHS Choices.
At what age should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?
In the autumn/winter of 2017/18, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2017 – that is, children born between September 1 2013 and August 31 2015
- children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
- in some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine (following a pilot in some areas)
- children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions.
Over the next few years the programme will gradually be extended to include older children.
Why children are being offered a flu vaccine
Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week.
Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may need hospital treatment, and very occasionally a child may die from flu.